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FC Barcelona are looking for a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title, and qualification to what would be their fifth final in the competition in a row. Ernesto Valverde's men host Marcelino García Toral's Valencia side this Thursday at the Camp Nou (9.30pm CET), with the two teams having already played against each other in the league this season, a game that ended with a draw in Mestalla (1-1).

For this semi-final first leg, the Barça coach has called up a total of 18 players, though he can’t count on the injured Dembélé and Vermaelen, nor on André Gomes who hasn’t recovered from digestive discomfort. The complete list is as follows: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, S. Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Umtiti and Yerry Mina.

Last training before the Cup

Before announcing the squad, Ernesto Valverde oversaw the last training session before the match against Valencia. The available first team players worked out on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and were joined by Carles Aleñá and Jokin Ezkieta from Barça B.

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