GOOD EVENING FROM BARCELONA
Welcome to our live blog coverage of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol at the Nou Camp.
Xavi is set for his first ever match as Barca manager after replacing Ronald Koeman at the helm two weeks ago.
But the club legend is inheriting an unenviable state as the situation in the Catalan capital is not the way he remembers it with the Blaugrana sitting ninth in the table.
The Spanish head coach will be missing Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, who are out with a bicep, hamstring and knee injury respectively.
Sergio Aguero is also sidelined following his health scare last month against Alaves as he was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia that will require at least a three-month treatment – recent reports suggest the Manchester City legend is set to announce his retirement.
All those absences in attack could see Xavi drafting the likes of Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho and Luuk de Jong for his frontline.
Of course, returning legend Dani Alves will be unavailable for Barcelona as he is ineligible until January.
However, Pedri is getting closer to a return from muscular problems and the same goes for Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.
Espanyol manager Vicente Moreno, on the other hand, will remain without Keidi Bare and Oscar Gil, who are still injured