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The first team players during the final workout before the derby game against Espanyol. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique has announced his match day squad for this Saturday’s derby at the RCDE Stadium at 8.45 pm CET. Barça need three points to continue putting pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race and to stay top of the table. Moreover, a derby is always a special match.

The Asturian coach can’t count on Andrés Iniesta who didn’t train on Friday as he has some pain in his abductor in his right leg. Therefore, the Barça captain misses out through injury and joins Rafinha, Aleix Vidal and Mathieu on the side lines. Also, Masip has been left out and Barça B’s Carles Aleñá has been included in the 18-player match day squad.

The match day squad in full includes: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Arda, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Cillessen, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Umtiti and Aleñá (28).

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