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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for Saturday’s big game

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana hope to return to winning ways in La Liga when they welcome Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to face his former team, and these are them:

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

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 24. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 12. Rafinha, 20. Sergi Roberto, 22. Arturo Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 19. Munir

There is one big piece of news here: Samuel Umtiti is not in the squad because of a knee injury. Barça don’t confirm the severity of the injury or how long it’ll take for the Frenchman to recover, so it’s worth monitoring this. The other players missing from the squad are Denis Suarez, Malcom, Sergi Samper and Carles Aleñá, per the manager’s choice.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé

The match kicks off at 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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