Keita received medical clearance to play this Monday / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Josep Guardiola has named 22 players to the Barça team for the Champions League semifinals. The manager named all 18 first-team players plus Barça B’s Oier, Montoya, Bartra and Tello to the squad for the match against Chelsea this Wednesday. Seydou Keita, who was given medical clearance to play this Monday, and Ibrahim Afellay, the first time the Dutchman has been named to a squad since his injury this past September, both got the nod from the manager.

Session with 23 players

Before departing for London, the 22 players named to the FC Barcelona team and Marc Muniesa trained at the Camp Nou. As usual in Barça’s away games in the Champions League, Guardiola is taking a third keeper, Oier. On another note, it’s worth mentioning that Puyol and Mascherano are just one yellow card away from suspension.

The team travelled to London this Monday afternoon and will not return to Barcelona until Thursday, two days before the Clásico with Real Madrid.