The reserve team centre back is included, while Puyol is left out and Sergio Busquets is suspended
The squad has been announced for Barça’s game on Sunday evening at home to Athletic Club Bilbao (9.00 PM CET). The most notable inclusion is the B team’s centre back Sergi Gómez, while the suspended Busquets misses out, as does Carles Puyol, who is still not considered 100 per cent fit.
The Medical Services announced on Thursday that Puyol is having trouble with his right knee, so he joins Valdés, Piqué, Alba, Neymar, Dos Santos and Cuenca on the side-lines, while. Bartra, another doubt, finally gets the nod.
The full squad to take on the Basques, fourth in the table, is as follows: Pinto, Olazábal, Montoya, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, A. Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Bartra, Song, Afellay, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves, Sergi Roberto and Sergi Gómez.
Training at Sant Joan Despí
The Barça players worked out this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Carles Puyol exercised in isolation, while the suspended Sergio Busquets also did specific work. Sergi Gómez also joined the first team players.