Pep Guardiola gives the Frenchman, who only recently returned after having a tumour removed from his liver, a place as Ibrahim Afellay and Seydou Keita make the grade
Barca need to win or draw the game to wrap up the Liga title with two games to spare.
Here are the confirmed line-ups for the battle in Valencia against mid-table Levante.
Levante 4-2-3-1: Munua; Venta, Ballesteros, Nano, Juanfran; Iborra, Torres; Valdo, Suarez, Xisco, Caicedo.
Subs: Reina, Cerra, Rodas, Larrea, Pallardo, Montero, Stuani, Wellington.
Barcelona 4-3-3: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Keita; Afellay, Messi, Villa.
Subs: Pinto, Maxwell, Bartra, Fontas, Iniesta, Alcantara, Bojan, Jeffren, Pedro