The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Andalucía for a difficult, key La Liga match against Málaga. And coach Luis Enrique has already chosen his preferred squad for this Saturday's clash.
The announcement of the squad list brought mixed emotions for Barça fans: first, happiness of seeing Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez set to make their returns to the Blaugrana team. Both missed the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao in midweek (rest for Messi, suspension for Suárez), and are available and set to start at La Rosaleda. But it's not all flowers for the Blaugranes, with the final piece of the 'MSN' trio, Neymar Jr., missing this weekend's fixture due to muscle discomfort.
Jordi Alba, missing his second game in a row, joins Neymar and Rafinha Alcântara as injury absentees. Douglas and Jordi Masip are not included per coach's decision. Gerard Piqué is out with an automatic one-game suspension for card accumulation. Finally, these are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 6. Dani Alves, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 21. Adriano Correia, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Arda Turan, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Munir El-Haddadi, 19. Sandro Ramírez
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Alves, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Mathieu; Busquets, Rakitic, Arda; Messi, Suárez, Munir
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