Barcelona have confirmed their squad to take on Valencia in La Liga this weekend, as the Blaugrana look to stretch their lead at the top to eight points.
Ernesto Valverde’s side currently sit five points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and a win over Los Che on Saturday could see the Spanish giants extend their lead at the top should other results go their way.
Barca will be without key midfielder Sergio Busquets for the clash against Marcelino’s men, as the Spaniard is suspended after accumulating a number of yellow cards.
All of the club’s main stars have been included in the squad, with the usual suspects of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic just a handful of stars named in the squad for Saturday’s tie.
However, one surprise name on the squad list was that of 24-year-old Sergi Samper, who could very well play a part in Saturday’s game should manager Valverde see fit.
Following the announcement of Barca’s squad, fans flocked to Twitter to express their delight at seeing Samper named for their clash agains Valencia.
And given the player’s injury troubles that he’s faced throughout his career thus far, we can see why fans are so excited to see him named in the squad!
pity that he's not going to play anyway tho …
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SAMPER IS BACK
— H (@VidalRole) February 1, 2019
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— Albessi (@kkamranqureshi1) February 1, 2019
— Kathleen (@Kegsoccer) February 1, 2019
Samper in squad? Wonders.
— A God. (@IamDreal_TIG) February 1, 2019
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