Competition: La Liga Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 Venue: Nou Camp Kick-Off: 15:15 GMT
Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta remains sidelined for the hosts for the next 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury earlier this month.
Defender Jeremy Mathieu is also ruled out of action with a calf injury, whilst Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique are suffering with suspected ankle and hamstring injuries.
Manager Luis Enrique could make one change from their win over Sevilla, who is likely to recall winger Rafinha ahead of Denis Suarez in the midfield.
Meanwhile, Malaga midfielder Recio is unavailable with an adductor problem and is joined by forwards Charles and Zdravko Kuzmanovic both out through injury.
Barcelona look to close the gap on league leaders Real Madrid, when they play host to Malaga at the Estadio Camp Nou on Saturday evening.
Luis Enrique’s men have won four straight matches on the trot since their 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo last month, which puts the Catalan side 2nd in La Liga two points behind the Galaticos.
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi comes into the match in great form following an inspired 3-0 win over Copa America champions Chile in the World Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday night, with the Argentine scoring a free kick and setting up the other two.
He’s currently also the league’s top goal scorer alongside fellow team-mate Luiz Suarez, both with eight goals and three assists, who were on target in the 2-1 win away to Sevilla earlier this month.
On the other hand, Malaga are still in search for their first away victory of the season having picked up just two points from five matches on the road.
The Boquerones are currently 10th in the table, which is mainly down to their prolific home record with four successive wins at the La Rosaleda, and their only loss coming against Villarreal back in August.
Last season, Barcelona did the double over their weekend opponents with both ties evenly contested, including a 1-0 home win at the Nou Camp, thanks to a 73rd minute winner from Thomas Vermaelen.
ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne, Busquets, Rakitic, Rafinha, Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Kameni (GK), Carlos, Villaneuva, Torres, Rosales, Camacho, Fornals, Castro, Jony, Juanpi, Ramirez
Barcelona have won 15 of their last 18 matches against Malaga in all competitions.
Los Cules have lost just three of their last 31 home matches in La Liga.
Malaga have failed to win their last 8 away matches in the league.