With Barça starting the La Liga season a little later than most other clubs, the two opening fixtures of the campaign were postponed for Ronald Koeman's team. Now comes the moment to face Athletic Club in a rearranged fixture at San Mamés. The Basque club have a new coach in Marcelino García Toral and los leones find themselves in ninth place in the table on 21 points with six wins, three draws and eight defeats so far.
Coach Koeman named his 21 man squad after Tuesday's training session with Samuel Umtiti returning after missing the win at Huesca due to illness. The full list is: Ter Stegen, Dest, R. Araujo, Sergio, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, O. Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Neto, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincao, Jordi Alba, F. De Jong, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña, O. Mingueza and Konrad.
Piqué, Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati all miss out due to injury.
On Tuesday the squad worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva in their final session before the trip to Athletic Club. Midfielder Carles Aleñá missed the session with the permission of the Club.