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Enrique to rest Barca stars for Cup test


Barcelona's soccer coach Luis Enrique

Barcelona's soccer coach Luis Enrique

Barcelona's soccer coach Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is planning to give some of the lesser lights in his squad a chance to impress when the record winners play at third-tier Huesca in the King's Cup tonight.

"It's a good chance to see players who have not had many minutes," Luis Enrique said before the last-32 first-leg match at Huesca's tiny Alcoraz stadium in north-eastern Spain.

One player who could benefit is forward Pedro, who has yet to spark into life this season in which he has played less due to the arrival of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.

A World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain who has helped Barca claim two Champions League titles, Pedro has only scored one goal in 12 La Liga appearances this term and has failed to find the net in four Champions League games.

In 2009, he became the first player to score in six different competitions in one calendar year when he struck in La Liga, the King's Cup, the Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, all of which Barca won.

"There are always players who have worse and better moments," Luis Enrique said. "One of the tasks is to get over the times when you are not at your best."

Barca are on course to meet holders Real Madrid, who beat them in the final last season, or La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.