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Official: Barcelona squad list vs Nastic is out — no Suarez, no Vidal

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FC Barcelona announced the squad list for the first pre-season match of the season against Nastic de Tarragona (friendly) today. The game will be played at 19.00pm CET.

Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal are not included as they are close to a departure from the club.

Pjanić and Todibo have just recovered from COVID-19 and don’t make the list either, while Ansu Fati and Ter Stegen are injured.

Many Barça B players, such as Konrad and Ilaix Moriba, will get an opportunity to play alongside senior players and prove themselves.

The full squad list consists of:

Neto, Inaki Pena, Arnau Tenas, Semedo, Piqué, Busquets, Griezmann, Messi, Dembélé, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Braithwaite, Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Junior Firpo, Coutinho, Alena, Trincao, Pedri, Riqui Puig, Araujo, Cuenca, Miranda, Konrad, Ilaix Moriba

Ronald Koeman is expected to use two different teams in each halves of the game. The manager is satisfied with the team so far: “They’ve shown intensity; you play how you train.”

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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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