Spanish Laliga

Reigning champions Barca visit Bilbao as La Liga returns

Ernesto Valverde called up 19 players to play the first match of the 2019-20 La Liga season at San Mamés on Friday.

The season begins with three points at stake in Bilbao on the first day of the league campaign.

Superstar Lionel Messi was the notable absentee as he recovers from an injury.

Todibo, Arthur, M. Wague and Vidal were left out by the coach, while injured goalkeeper was also unavailable for selection.

On Thursday the team trained on the Tito Vilanova pitch for the last time before the match.

The session included all of the first team players available as well as Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, C. Perez and Abel Ruiz from Barca B and Tenas from the U19A side.

Squad: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Suárez, O. Dembélé, Rafinha, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña and C. Pérez.

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