Barcelona hope to win a third straight match since returning from the international break as they travel to the Mestalla Stadium for a historically tough La Liga match against Valencia, and both coaches have selection headaches because of some important absences.
With no suspensions on either side, there are only injury concerns for the two managers. Here's the full list of the players who are out/doubtful/probable for Saturday's game:
As you can clearly see, it's Barça coach Luis Enrique who has the most problems, and it's on the defense, which makes it even worse. Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué will not return until mid-November because of injuries, and their absences will certainly be felt even more playing at the insane atmosphere of the Mestalla. The good news is that Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne are healthy and in good form, and look like the natural replacements on Saturday.
New Valencia manager Cesare Prandelli has done a good job organizing the side and the team is no longer the complete mess it was at the beginning of the season. Prandelli has only one real concern with the injured Guilherme Siqueira, but even if the Brazilian isn't ready to play, José Gayà would be the starting left-back anyway.
Summer signing Luis Nani missed the last few games because of a groin injury, but the Portuguese will be back in time to face the Blaugrana. Nani revitalized his career and was one of the best Portugal players in their EURO 2016 title campaign, and his skills and speed will definitely trouble Barça's defense.