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FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey semifinal 1st leg against Atlético Madrid

Rafinha returns!

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Atlético Madrid, and Luis Enrique called up 18 players to be in uniform, with good and bad news.

This is the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: 13. Jasper Cillessen, 25. Jordi Masip

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 20. Sergi Roberto, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Jérémy Mathieu

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Arda Turan, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 21. André Gomes

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

The good news is one of the injury midfielders is back! Although Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta are still not ready to return, Rafinha Alcântara is fully recovered from a hamstring problem and will likely feature against the Colchoneros. The bad news is Lucas Digne is not part of the squad due to an ankle injury, but it shouldn't be anything serious.

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Projected starting lineup (4-3-3):


Roberto - Piqué - Umtiti - Alba

Rakitic - Mascherano - Gomes

Messi - Suárez - Neymar

The match kicks off from Vicente Calderón on Wednesday at 9pm CET / 8pm BST (UK) / 3pm ET, Noon PT (US) / 1:30am IST (India, Thursday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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