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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao

Xavi Hernández has called up 19 players for Sunday’s clash

FC Barcelona v Sevilla FC - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return from the international break with a massive La Liga game at home against high-flying Athletic Bilbao, and Xavi Hernández has called up the following 19 players for Sunday’s clash:

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

Defenders: 2. João Cancelo, 3. Alejandro Balde, 4. Ronald Araujo, 5. Iñigo Martínez, 15. Andreas Christensen, 17. Marcos Alonso, 39. Héctor Fort

Midfielders: 6. Gavi, 18. Oriol Romeu, 22. Ilkay Gündogan, 32. Fermín López, 35. Unai Hernández

Forwards: 7. Ferran Torres, 14. João Félix, 27. Lamine Yamal, 38. Marc Guiu

Xavi continues to deal with a serious injury crisis coming into one of the biggest weeks of the season, and the boss will be without six first team players for this one as Robert Lewandowski (ankle), Frenkie de Jong (ankle), Jules Kounde (knee), Pedri (thigh), Raphinha (hamstring) and Sergi Roberto (calf) all miss out due to injury. That forces the coach to invite some academy youngsters just to make up the numbers on the bench, with midfielder Unai Hernández, right-back Héctor Fort and striker Marc Guiu all getting the call-up.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Christensen, Iñigo, Alonso; Fermín, Romeu, Gavi; Yamal, Ferran, Félix

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


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