The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to action in La Liga with an important home game against Osasuna at Camp Nou, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 21 players for Sunday’s clash:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 24. Junior Firpo, 28. Óscar Mingueza
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Carles Aleñá, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 12. Riqui Puig, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 16. Pedri, 19. Matheus Fernandes, 21. Frenkie De Jong
Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 9. Martin Braithwaite, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Francisco Trincão
Barça get three key players back from this one: Messi and De Jong are back from a rest in midweek, while Sergio Busquets returns after recovering from a knee injury suffered in international duty. That’s the only good news though, with Ansu Fati (knee), Gerard Piqué (knee), Sergi Roberto (thigh), Ronald Araujo (hamstring) and Samuel Umtiti (knee) all out with injuries, though it is expected that Araujo will be returning soon, possibly next week.
Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, De Jong, Lenglet, Alba; Dembélé, Pjanic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Griezmann
The match kicks off at 2pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 1pm GMT (UK), 8am ET, 5am PT (USA), 6.30pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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