The next Barcelona match is finally upon us. After a two-week holiday break, the Blaugrana will return to La Liga action on Sunday night, when they face Real Sociedad at the always tough environment of Anoeta. And coach Luis Enrique has named his best possible squad for the match.
Dani Alves was declared fully fit by the medical staff and is available for selection after missing the last few matches of 2014 due to a hamstring injury. Neymar is also back to the squad list, and he's also expected to play. He didn't appear in the final games of last year due to an ankle contusion.
Thomas Vermaelen is the only injured absentee. Jordi Masip, Douglas, Adriano, Sergi Roberto and Marc Bartra will not be in uniform per Enrique's decision.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho to form the squad for tonight's match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 2. Martín Montoya, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 22. Dani Alves, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara
Forwards: 7. Pedro, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 31. Munir El-Haddadi
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-1-2):
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi; Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 21:00 CET and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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