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Busquets returns as Barcelona announce squad for Champions League match against Roma

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Busi back!

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana start their Champions League quarter-final matchup with the first leg against AS Roma, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the game at Camp Nou.

This is the full squad:


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

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 18. Jordi Alba, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 25. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Paco Alcácer


The great news is the return of Sergio Busquets, who missed the last few weeks with a foot injury but is back healthy and ready to play. Lucas Digne misses out through injury, while Philippe Coutinho is ineligible for the Champions League and Yerry Mina and Aleix Vidal are out per the manager’s decision.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez


The match kicks off at 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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