Barcelona have named Jordi Alba in their squad for
Saturday’s clash with Atletico Madrid, with the Spain
international recovering from a hamstring problem
that he suffered against Bayern Munich last month.
Alba has returned to boost the Catalan outfit’s
defence, but Pedri has been ruled out of the contest
with Diego Simeone’s side due to a thigh issue.
Alejandro Balde has also missed out on a spot in the
squad to an ongoing back problem, while Ousmane
Dembele, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite
remain unavailable for selection.
Despite the widespread speculation surrounding his
future, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is expected to
remain in charge for Saturday’s clash at Wanda
Various reports have suggested that the Dutchman
could lose his job over the international break,
although a victory over Atletico could allegedly
change the club’s thinking.
Successive Champions League losses to Bayern
Munich and Benfica have increased the pressure on
the manager, but Barcelona are unbeaten in the
league this season, picking up 12 points from six
games to sit sixth, just five points behind leaders Real
Madrid with a game in hand.