Setien now has 14 first team players available to prepare for the Cup game – he could not count on the morning training or with Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Neto and Gerard Piqué – so he has called eight players from the branch to complete the session: goalkeeper Peña, defenders Morer, Araújo and Monchu, midfielder Riqui Puig and strikers Collado, Fati and Saverio. Face and cross for Quique Setién in this morning’s morning session. The Cantabrian coach was able to recover Arturo Vidal in time for the Copa match against Athletic after overcoming a strong concussion that left him almost a week off the pitch. The midfielder exercised with total normality, a relief no doubt for Setién, especially for the limited number of players he has from the first team. But, on the contrary, he could not count on Gerard Piqué: the central stayed in the gym doing specific work.Evidently, the absence in the training of the Catalan center is a real setback for coach Blaugrana, especially thinking that another of the centrals, Samuel Umtiti, has a pending trial for the same day of the game, so it could not accompany the Blaugran expedition that leaves tomorrow morning to Bilbao but would have to leave on its own after testifying at the trial. A trial, by the way, where he is claimed more than 180,000 euros for alleged vandalism having left his previous home in a very defective state.
Mick McCarthy saw his Ipswich side knocked out by Stevenage Stevenage recorded a shock EFL Cup first round 1-0 win at Championship side Ipswich with a second-half goal from Ben Kennedy.Teenage striker Kennedy was quickest to react after stand-in Town goalkeeper Dean Gerken could only parry out a deflected shot from Charlie Lee on 53 minutes.Conor Coady sent Wolves into the second round as new boss Walter Zenga avoided an upset with a 2-1 win over 10-man Crawley.The midfielder’s first goal for the club helped Zenga to victory on his Molineux debut but his side made hard work of it.Enzio Boldewijn cancelled out Joe Mason’s opener as League Two side Crawley gave as good as they got.But Mark Connolly was sent off for a second yellow card with three minutes left to end any hopes of a late comeback.Brighton eased into the next round with a super-charged second-half performance giving them a comfortable 4-0 victory over League Two Colchester.Jamie Murphy scored twice for the Seagulls and Sam Baldock and Elvis Manu hit the other goals to make it a straightforward exercise for the much changed hosts.All of Brighton`s four goals came in the final 26 minutes of the tie.Full EFL Cup results: Accrington 0-0 Bradford (Accrington win 11-10 on penalties)Barnsley 1-2 NorthamptonBirmingham 0-1 Oxford UnitedBlackpool 4-2 BoltonBrighton 4-0 ColchesterCambridge 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayCarlisle 2-1 Port ValeCheltenham 1-0 CharltonCoventry 3-2 PortsmouthDerby 1-0 GrimsbyDoncaster 1-2 Nottingham ForestExeter 1-0 BrentfordIpswich 0-1 StevenageLeyton Orient 2-3 FulhamMansfield 1-3 BlackburnNewport 2-3 MK DonsOldham 2-1 WiganPeterborough 3-2 WimbledonPreston 1-0 HartlepoolRochdale 3-1 ChesterfieldRotherham 4-5 MorecombeScunthorpe 2-0 Notts CountySheffield United 1-2 CreweShrewsbury 2-1 HuddersfieldSouthend 1-3 GillinghamWalsall 0-2 YeovilWolves 2-1 CrawleyWycombe 0-1 Bristol CityBarnet 0-4 MillwallReading 2-0 Plymouth 1