The Argentine Lionel Messi, despite having only three days of training, is on Ronald Koeman’s first list as Barcelona coach, to face this Saturday in a friendly match against Nástic Tarragona, and where the Uruguayan Luis Suárez, the Chilean Arturo Vidal, nor the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic, signed for this season.
In Koeman’s list, for a friendly that will take place at the Johan Cruyff stadium (19.00 CET, 17.00 GMT), neither is young Spanish international Ansu Fati, who injured his hip in training this Friday. On the other hand, there are the Portuguese Francisco Trincao and Pedri, two of the new reinforcements, and there is also the Brazilian ‘re-fish’ Philippe Coutinho, European champion with Bayern Munich.
The absences of Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal, logically, are seen within the desire previously expressed by Koeman of not having these players and looking for a way out to other clubs.
Thus, the list of 25 summoned, with several players from the subsidiary, is as follows: Neto, Iñaki Peñas, Arnau, Semedo, Piqué, Sergio, Griezmann, Messi, Dembelé, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Braithwaite, Sergi Roberto, De Jong, Junior, Coutinho, Aleñá, Trincao, Pedri, Riqui Puig, Araujo, J. Cuenca, Miranda, Konrad, Ilaix Moriba.