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Official: Barcelona squad list to face UE Cornella — Alex Collado called up



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Barcelona have announced the squad list that will travel to the opposite side of Catalonia to take on UE Cornella in the Copa del Rey round of 32. The biggest takeaway is the inclusion of Alex Collado for derby day. The youngster is no stranger to the Cornella outfit and scored against them almost exactly a month ago with the Barcelona B team.

Konrad de la Fuente and Ilaix Moriba are included as well, and might get the chance to see some well-deserved time on the pitch for the senior team. On the other hand, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele have been called up as well, likely as emergency backups if push comes to shove.

Frenkie de Jong has been rested completely, which seems fair, given he is the outfield player to play most minutes under Ronald Koeman this season. A rest, even for one game, can do a world of good to him after playing 240 consecutive minutes in the Spanish Super Cup.

Similarly, Jordi Alba has been dropped as well, which will, hopefully, benefit him and restore his form. Sergino Dest is unfit, as confirmed by Ronald Koeman, and will miss the derby. Lionel Messi is banned and does not travel, either.

Full list: ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas; Mingueza, Lenglet, Araujo, Mingueza, Firpo; Busquets, Pjanic, Puig, Pedri, Matheus, Ilaix, Collado; Griezmann, Braithwaite, Dembele, Konrad, Trincao

Absentees: Dest, Pique, Messi, Coutinho, Alba, Roberto, de Jong, Fati

Tomorrow is the perfect chance for Koeman to rotate his options and see what youngsters can do. The likes of Alex Collado, Konrad de la Fuente, Riqui Puig have spent too much time on the sidelines, and deserve some minutes tomorrow. Additionally, giving Ilaix Moriba some minutes on the pitch might help his cause as well.

Source: FC Barcelona

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