The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana hit the road for their first game of 2021 away to Huesca, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 22 players for Sunday’s clash:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 4. Ronald Araujo, 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, 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, 29. Konrad De La Fuente
The bad news don’t stop for Barcelona as another player is down for a significant period of time with Philippe Coutinho set for a three-month layoff following surgery on a torn meniscus. Coutinho joins Ansu Fati (knee), Gerard Piqué (knee) and Sergi Roberto (thigh) in the injury report while Samuel Umtiti misses out through illness (not Covid), but there are good news for this game as Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba return after missing the previous match against Eibar.
Predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1):
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Messi, Pedri; Braithwaite
The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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