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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Alavés

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Ronald Koeman has called up 22 players for Saturday’s match

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Deportivo Alavés to Camp Nou for a key La Liga game just three days before the return of the Champions League, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 22 players for Saturday’s clash:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña

Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samul Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo, 28. Óscar Mingueza

Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 12. Riqui Puig, 16. Pedri, 19. Matheus Fernandes, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 27. Ilaix Moriba

Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Francisco Trincão, 29. Konrad De La Fuente, 30. Álex Collado

Finally there are good news on the injury front as Barça get two players back for this one with the return of Dest and Pjanic. Martin Braithwaite (groin) is still out and joins Ansu Fati (knee), Gerard Piqué (knee), Philippe Coutinho (knee), Sergio Roberto (thigh) and Ronald Araujo (ankle) on the injury list.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri; Trincão, Messi, Griezmann

The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Sunday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.