Valverde bars Boateng from Barcelona squad for El Clásico
Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jean-Clair Todibo are the only two fully fit players who won’t be making the trip to Madrid for tomorrow’s Clásico at the Bernabéu.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde announced a 19-man squad list for the Real Madrid game,
and has incorporated the majority of his star players – even the ones who are conveying thumps from Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie. Also in the list is Colombian centre-back Jeison Murillo.
Todibo, who won’t be officially available to play for Barça – only in cases of extreme emergency, and Boateng, will remain at home along with injured players Rafinha and Vermaelen.
Busquets, Rakitic, Dembélé, Luis Suárez and Messi, who featured in Wednesday’s 0-3 Cup triumph, ought to be in line to begin on Saturday.
Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur Melo, Luis Suárez, Leo Messi, Dembélé, Malcom, Clément Lenglet, Murillo, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Carles Aleñà, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti.