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Dembélé back in squad after 108 days of recovery

Dembélé back in squad after 108 days of recovery

After being declared fully fit on Tuesday the Frenchman will be travelling to Balaídos, but Ernesto Valverde opts not to take any of Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Rafinha or Deulofeu

Great news to start the year! 108 days after going down injured at Getafe and a day after being declared fully recovered, Ousmane Dembélé is back in the squad.

And it’s official. Ernesto Valverde has included the French striker in his side that travels to Vigo to take on Celta in the Copa del Rey on Thursday at 7.00pm CET.

The rest of the squad is as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Paulinho, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Vermaelen, while there is also room for Carles Aleñá (26) and Jose Arnaiz (37) of Barça B.

Paco Alcácer and Samuel Umtiti both miss out through injury, while Arda Turan, Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Leo Messi, Rafinha and Gerard Deulofeu will also be staying behind in Barcelona.

The team will be flying to Galicia on the day of the match, and trained for the last time before the game early on Wednesday evening, where the first team players were joined by the two aforesaid reserve team players, plus goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta.

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