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, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 25. Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 21. André Gomes, 22. Aleix Vidal, 26. Carles Aleñá
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Gerard Deulofeu
Once again there are a lot of problems and selection headaches for Valverde, but there’s GREAT NEWS: BIG SAM IS BACK! Samuel Umtiti has been finally cleared after missing nearly two months with a hamstring problem, and the Frenchman might even start in his return.
The good news stop there, though: Andrés Iniesta, Ousmane Dembélé, Paco Alcácer, Philippe Coutinho and Javier Mascherano miss out through injury, Rafinha Alcântara has been allowed to miss the game and finalize his transfer to Inter Milan, and finally Denis Suarez and Yerry Mina miss out per Valverde’s decision.
Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Deulofeu, Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez
The match kicks off at 20:45 CET/WAT (Barcelona/Nigeria), 19:45 GMT (UK), 14:45 EST, 11:45 PST (USA), 01:15 IST (India, next day), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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