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FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao

Cillessen is back, André Gomes is out

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou for the second leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16, having to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Coach Luis Enrique has named a squad of 18 players to be in uniform:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Arda Turan, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara

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

For the first time since September, Luis Enrique had all 22 players available after dealing with plenty of injuries in the first half of the season. Backup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen returns and is expected to start as the Cup goalkeeper, while Jordi Masip, Aleix Vidal, Jérémy Mathieu and André Gomes miss out per the coach's decision. Ivan Rakitic, linked with a departure from Camp Nou, is back in the squad.


Projected starting lineup (4-3-3):

Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar

The match starts at 9:15pm CET / 8:15pm BST (UK) / 3:15pm ET, 12:15pm PT (US) / 1:45am IST (India, next day), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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