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Four Barça B players in squad for Murcia
The blaugrana coach calls up a total of 16 players including Barça B's Ortolá, Cucurella, Aleñá and Arnáiz for Copa del Rey opener
All ready for the start of their Copa del Rey campaign in Murcia at 9.30pm CET on Tuesday. The reigning champions visit the Nueva Condomina Stadium nine years after their last match in the 2007/08 season. The blaugranas head into the first leg of the round of 32 looking to win the Copa del Rey for the fourth year in a row.
For this match, Ernesto Valverde won’t be able to call on the injured Aleix Vidal and Arda. Moreover, Jordi Alba, Rafinha and Dembélé continue their recovery from their injuries. It is also worth noting the blaugrana coach has decided to rest seven first team players: Ter Stegen, Umtiti, Sergio, Iniesta, Paulinho, Messi and Luis Suárez.
As Múrcia are in Division 2B they are not able to take more than 16 players as there are only five substitutes. Therefore, the list of 16 players called up for Tuesday’s match is: Cillessen, A. Ortolá (31), N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Deulofeu, Paco Alcácer, Digne, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Vermaelen, Aleñá (26), Cucurella (36), Jose Arnaiz (37).
Final session before Copa del Rey debut
The available first team players trained on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in their final session before the trip to Múrcia. Jordi Alba worked out with the rest of the group for the first time since his injury in training last Tuesday. Barça B players Ortolá, Cucurella, Oriol Busquets, Aleñá, Vitinho, Carles Pérez and Arnáiz also took part. The blaugranas will travel on Tuesday morning to Nueva Condomina, where they will face a motivated team in a tough away match for Ernesto Valverde’s men.