Valdés making a diving save in training

Víctor Valdés is the main returnee agaisnt Elche / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUÍZ

Víctor Valdés, who was declared fully recovered earlier this week, is back in the squad after Gerardo Martino announced his eighteen for the game with Elche on Sunday afternoon at 16.00.

Two other players return: Xavi Hernández and Neymar. The Catalan has managed to put the trouble with his right soleus muscle behind him and the Brazilian is back after missing the last game through suspension.

It is now Sergio Busquets who has a suspension to serve, while Dani Alves has also been left out after a difficult week in which he missed some of the training sessions due to a fever.

The 18-man squad

Valdés
Pinto
Montoya
Piqué
Fàbregas
Puyol
Xavi
Pedro
Iniesta
Alexis
Neymar Jr
Mascherano
Bartra
A. Song
Jordi Alba
Tello
Adriano
Sergi Roberto