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Umtiti returns as Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Betis

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Big Sam has returned!

La Liga 2017-18 - FC Barcelona vs RC Celta Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Seville for a big La Liga game against Real Betis, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the trip.

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.