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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

Barcelona are hoping to clinch their third consecutive league title when they meet Levante tonight, and the starting XI reflects the occasion with Lionel Messi starting up front.

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

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