Pedri out but Jordi Alba returns for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid

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

Metropolitano.

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.

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