clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ernesto Valverde will have to shuffle his defence against Las Palmas

New, comments
FC Barcelona Training Session Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Barcelona head to Las Palmas on Thursday night in La Liga and Ernesto Valverde will have to shuffle his defence due to injury and suspension.

Jordi Alba will get the night off due to suspension after he picked up his fifth booking of the season late on in the win over Girona. That should mean another start for Lucas Digne at full-back.

On the other flank Nelson Semedo is out after he picked up a hamstring injury that will sideline him for five weeks, so expect Sergi Roberto to return to the starting line-up.

In central defence Gerard Pique has been struggling with a knee injury and surely needs to sit this one out. Valverde will probably bring in Thomas Vermaelen to partner Samuel Umtiti, although Yerry Mina is also an option.

It will still be a pretty strong defence with Roberto, Vermaelen, Umtiti and Digne but if any of the defenders were to pick up an injury in training, Barca would be a bit short.