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Barcelona announce squad list for Round 5 of Liga BBVA; Piqué returns

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The first midweek round of La Liga has a tough date for the current league holders, who travel to the Balaídos for a difficult match against Celta Vigo. And coach Luis Enrique has already picked his favorite squad.

The biggest and best news regarding this callup is the return of Gerard Piqué, who's back after a four-game domestic suspension, but is now clear, healthy, and available for selection. Since there were no injuries on Sunday's win against Levante, Enrique can finally call his favorite men once again. Barça B's Gerard Gumbau seems to be the preferred option to replace Rafinha Alcântara, and he stays with the first team squad for another week. Because of Piqué's return, Sandro Ramírez was dropped from the list, and will stay home for this one.

These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for Wednesday's clash:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 25. Jordi Masip

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Dani Alves, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 24. Jérémy Mathieu

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 20. Sergi Roberto, 28. Gerard Gumbau

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Munir El-Haddadi

Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):

Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar

Bench: Masip, Bartra, Mathieu, Adriano, Gumbau, Roberto, Munir

The match is on Wednesday, at 20:00 CET, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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