Xavi's first match as Barcelona head coach takes place on Saturday evening against city rivals Espanyol.
The World Cup-winning midfielder has to contend with a long list of injury problems which will impact the team selection for his first match in charge.
Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite, Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, and Pedri are all unavailable in attacking areas which will leave Xavi with his hands tied somewhat.
Dembele and Pedri are on the verge of a return and trained with their team-mates on Friday, but the match on Saturday will likely come to early for the pair to make the starting XI.
Barca, of course, have the Champions League to think about during the week as they face Benfica, who humbled them in Portugal last month.
There is some positive injury news as Gerard Pique is set to return.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal behind a likely back four of Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Pique and Jordi Alba.
With Pedri out, Gavi will slot into the midfield three alongside Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong.
Xavi has barely any options in attacking areas which means a probable trio of Philippe Coutinho, Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay.
Yusuf Demir will be pushing for a start too, however.