Ernesto Valverde has announced his 18 players for the visit of the Portuguese side
Barça coach Ernesto Valverde announced his squad for the final game of the Champions League group stage against Sporting Clube de Portugal. The Barça coach is without Arda, A.Iniesta, Dembélé, Rafinha, Mascherano and Umtiti due to injury, the latter having damaged a hamstring on Saturday in the 2-2 draw against Celta at Camp Nou and he is expected to be out for around 8 weeks. Nélson Semedo and Gerard Deulofeu return to the list after missing out against the Galicians at the weekend.
The 18 man squad is the following: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Suárez, Messi, Cillessen, Paulinho, Deulofeu, Alcácer, J. Alba, Digne, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen.
Before naming his squad, Valverde took the final training session before the visit of Sporting with four players from the B squad taking part: Ortolá, Aleñá, Oriol Busquets and Jose Arnaiz.