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Exit-bound Barcelona duo excluded from Joan Gamper Trophy



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Barcelona are set to go head to head against PUMAS any moment now, as the two teams play for the Joan Gamper trophy at Camp Nou.

The Catalans have recently released their squad for this upcoming encounter, which features big names such as new signing Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele.

Even Raphinha has been handed a start, while the likes of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie are both starting on the bench. They are expected to feature later on in the game, in what could be their first match at Camp Nou.

However, in the Barcelona squad, there are two notable absentees in the form of Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti.

Barcelona starting eleven vs PUMAS (Courtesy: Barça Twitter)

Umtiti’s absence confirms reports from earlier in the week that suggested the Frenchman was not going to attend the unveiling or the game, as he remains determined to find a move away from Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Braithwaite has fallen behind in the pecking order, especially after the addition of Lewandowski. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay are also in the team, with both the attackers starting on the bench against PUMAS.

Like Umtiti, Braithwaite is expected to depart Camp Nou before the end of the month, although both are finding it difficult to attract suitors.

It could potentially force Barcelona to hand them a letter of freedom, in order to ease their exits and help them find a new club.

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