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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Villarreal

Ernesto Valverde has called up 19 players for Tuesday’s trip

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana face a difficult game away from home as they face Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 19 players* for Tuesday’s road game:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 30. Iñaki Peña

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 14. Malcom, 19. Kevin-Prince Boateng

*One player from this group will be cut from the final squad before the game since only 18 can be in uniform.

There are no fresh injuries or suspensions from the Espanyol game, so Valverde was able to call up the same players for this one, with the addition of Vermaelen for... some reason? Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring), Jasper Cillessen (hip) and Rafinha (knee) miss out through injury, while Jean-Clair Todibo and Jeison Murillo don’t make the trip per the manager’s decision.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Roberto; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Malcom, Suárez, Coutinho

The match kicks off at 9.30pm CET (Barcelona), 8.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Wednesday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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