Squad announcement for the opening La Liga game of the season
The FC Barcelona coach calls up 18 players for the match against Betis at the Camp Nou at 8.15pm CET on Sunday
La Liga returns to the Camp Nou. The available first team players and U19A player Inaki Peña were put through their paces at the Ciutat Esportiva on Saturday. They finished their preparations for the first league game of the season against Betis at the Camp Nou at 8.15pm CET on Sunday.
Once the session finished, Ernesto Valverde announced his eighteen-man squad for the match: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Arda, Messi, Mascherano, Deulofeu, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Umtiti.
Both Piqué and Vermaelen have been passed fit however the manager can’t count on Iniesta, Rafinha and Suárez who are all injured. Marlon, Munir, Samper, Douglas and Vermaelen have been left out. Finally, Paulinho is not in the squad as there are still some administrative problems to resolve concerning paperwork needed from Guangzhou Evergrande despite the Club’s best efforts to ensure he was available