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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Leganés

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the trip to Madrid

FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Madrid for what promises to be a tough La Liga game against Leganés, and Ernesto Valverde has called 18 players to be in uniform on Saturday afternoon.

This is the full squad:

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

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 25. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Gerard Deulofeu, 17. Paco Alcácer

The international break brought more injury problems for Valverde, with Javier Mascherano missing the next four weeks with a hamstring problem. With the medical clearance given to Aleix Vidal, there are exactly 18 first team players available for selection, and all of them will be in uniform. Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha Alcântara, Arda Turan, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Mascherano are out with injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-1-2):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi; Alcácer, Suárez

The match kicks off at 4:15pm (Spain & Nigeria) / 3:15pm (UK) / 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 8:45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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