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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Deportivo La Coruña


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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana face Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday at Camp Nou, and coach Luis Enrique announced an 18-man squad for the game:

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

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 19. Lucas Digne, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Jérémy Mathieu

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergi Roberto, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Arda Turan, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Paco Alcácer

The biggest news is obviously the return of Lionel Messi, who comes back from his groin injury and is fit enough at least for the bench. The world's best player could play a few minutes in the second half, but isn't expected to start. Big Sammy Umtiti is also back from a knee injury, and comes back to the squad and will probably start.

In terms of absences, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Jasper Cillessen are injured, while (player) gets a day of rest ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Manchester City.

Predicted starting lineup (3-4-3, right-left):

Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti; Rafinha, Busquets, Gomes, Digne; Arda, Alcácer, Neymar

The match starts at 4:15pm CET / 3:15pm BST (UK) / 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (US) / 7:45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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