Messi and Neymar lead the squad list headed to Bilbao. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Luis Enrique is bringing 18 players to San Mamés. The coach has included all available first-team players except Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya and Sergi Roberto, and the injured Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen. No Barça B players made the list.

Marc Bartra – who was left out of the squad for the last weekend's win over Villarreal – returns to the list for the 9.00pm (CET) match pitting FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao. Should Barça win, they'll draw to within one point of leaders Real Madrid, who fell 4–0 on Saturday to Atlético Madrid.

Athletic Club's squad

Athletic Club head coach Ernesto Valverde's list for the match versus Barça includes: Iraizoz, Toquero, Aurtenetxe, Laporte, San José, Beñat, De Marcos, Ibai, Iago Herrerín, Susaeta, X.Etxeita, Mikel Rico, Gurpegi, Muniain, Aduriz, Aketxe, Balenziaga, Unai López, and Williams.

Barça's 18

Bravo, Ter Stegen, Alves, Piqué, Adriano, Alba, Bartra, Mathieu, Mascherano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro, Neymar Jr, Messi and Suárez

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