Ernesto Valverde picks his eighteen after overseeing the Saturday evening training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Following the midweek victory in the Champions League, it’s back to Liga action on Sunday at 8.45pm CET with a trip to Villarreal, and Ernesto Valverde gathered his team for one final session at the Ciutat Esportiva on Saturday evening.
Two members of the Barça B squad joined the first teamers, centre back David Costas and goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta, and the latter was included in the squad for tomorrow’s game.
The manager had hinted to the press before the session that Andrés Iniesta might not be fit enough for inclusion, and the midfielder was indeed left out of the squad along with the also injured Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha, Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti.
Arda Turan and Gerard Deulofeu were also left out of a list of 18 players that reads as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Suárez, Messi, Paulinho, Alcácer, J. Alba, Digne, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen and David Costas (39).