The next Barcelona game is upon us! The Blaugrana play the last match before the international break when they open up the Camp Nou doors on Sunday afternoon to welcome Villarreal for a pivotal La Liga match, and coach Luis Enrique has already picked his squad for the game.
And there is giant news: Barça B star and club wonderkid Sergi Samper has been included in the list for the first time this season for a league game. After a good showing in his Copa del Rey clash 10 days ago, the midfielder was picked by coach Enrique to replace Ivan Rakitic, as the Croatian will miss this Sunday's encounter with a calf injury. Along with Rakitic, Douglas, Messi and Rafinha are also out with injuries, while Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are unavailable.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Dani Alves, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 20. Sergi Roberto, 26. Sergi Samper, 28. Gerard Gumbau
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Munir El-Haddadi, 19. Sandro Ramírez
Predicted Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Roberto, Iniesta; Munir, Suárez, Neymar
Bench: Stegen, Bartra, Adriano, Mathieu, Samper, Gumbau, Sandro
The match starts at 16:00 CET, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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