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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Valencia

Ernesto Valverde has called up 20 players for Saturday’s match

Athletic de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to action after the international break with a tough La Liga game against Valencia at Camp Nou, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 20 players* for the match:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 26. Iñaki Peña

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Jean-Clair Todibo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 16. Moussa Wagué, 18. Jordi Alba, 24. Junior Firpo

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Arthur, 19. Carles Aleñá, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 22. Arturo Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 17. Antoine Griezmann, 27. Carles Pérez, 31. Ansu Fati

*Per rule only 18 players can be in uniform, so two of the players in the squad will be cut and watch the game from the stands. The favorites: Wagué, Aleñá.

There are good and bad injury news ahead of this one: the good is that Suárez and Firpo are back after recovering from their muscle injuries, but the bad is that Lionel Messi (calf), Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring) and Neto (wrist) are now joined in the medical department by Samuel Umtiti, who is out for at least five weeks with a foot injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Pérez, Griezmann, Fati

The match kicks off at 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Sunday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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