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How will Barcelona line up against Girona?

Some big names should return

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Barcelona will aim to bounce back from defeat to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey when they face Girona on Sunday.

Ernesto Valverde made plenty of changes in midweek with Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi given the night off altogether and is likely to go with a strong team.

Let’s have a look at who might feature:


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It’s back to work for Marc-Andre ter Stegen who stepped down against Sevilla to give Jasper Cillessen some much-needed game time.

In defence Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba should return with one of Nelson Semedo or Sergi Roberto featuring at right-back. Clement Lenglet should partner Pique, although Thomas Vermaelen and Jeison Murillo are also available.


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Ernesto Valverde could go with his first-choice midfield against Girona which means Sergio Busquets returning to the team to play alongside Ivan Rakitic and Arthur.

Carles Alena and Arturo Vidal are also options, although both played on Thursday, while Denis Suarez will be hoping to at least make it into the squad.


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Lionel Messi should be well rested after missing out in midweek and only being a second-half substitute against Leganes on Sunday.

The captain should therefore return in attack, with Luis Suarez also in from the start.

Ousmane Dembele’s injury means there’s room in attack which is likely to go to Philippe Coutinho.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

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