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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Valencia

Xavi Hernández has called up 23 players for Saturday’s clash

FC Barcelona v Girona FC - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Pedro Salado/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Mestalla for a huge La Liga game against Valencia, and Xavi Hernández has called up the following 23 players for Saturday’s clash:

Goalkeepers: 13. Iñaki Peña, 26. Ander Astralaga, 31. Diego Kochen

Defenders: 2. João Cancelo, 3. Alejandro Balde, 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Andreas Christensen, 23. Jules Kounde, 33. Pau Cubarsí, 39. Héctor Fort

Midfielders: 8. Pedri, 18. Oriol Romeu, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Frenkie de Jong, 22. Ilkay Gündogan, 30. Marc Casadó, 32. Fermín López

Forwards: 7. Ferran Torres, 9. Robert Lewandowski, 11. Raphinha, 14. João Félix, 27. Lamine Yamal, 38. Marc Guiu

It’s hard to get good news when it comes to Barça these days, but the Catalans have a key player back for this one as Frenkie de Jong returns after missing the Champions League loss against Royal Antwerp with a fever. Ronald Araujo is also back after being rested in midweek, but four first teamers are out as Marcos Alonso (back), Iñigo Martínez (hamstring), Marc-André ter Stegen (back) and Gavi (knee) all miss out due to injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Peña; Cancelo, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, De Jong, Gündogan; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Félix

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.


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