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FC Barcelona announce squad for Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Osasuna

Xavi Hernández has called up 25 players for Thursday’s clash

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana are in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Osasuna, and Xavi Hernández has called up the following 25 players for Thursday’s game:

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

Defenders: 2. João Cancelo*, 3. Alejandro Balde, 4. Ronald Araujo, 5. Iñigo Martínez*, 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, 19. Vitor Roque, 27. Lamine Yamal, 38. Marc Guiu

*Not yet medically cleared

Xavi took his entire group to Saudi Arabia apart from Marc-André ter Stegen (back), Marcos Alonso (back) and Gavi (knee) who are long-term injury issues, but everyone else is in the squad. That includes João Cancelo (knee) and Pedri (hamstring), who have not yet been ruled out of Thursday’s match and will try to get the medical green light to be in uniform before the game. Lamine Yamal is back after missing out through suspension at the weekend, and Xavi will have to cut two players from the final 23-man squad.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Peña; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Roberto, De Jong, Gündogan; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Ferran

The match kicks off at 10pm AST (local time), 8pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7pm GMT (UK), 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Friday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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