Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Sevilla

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans' La Liga clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday...

Barcelona welcome back Lionel Messi for their Primera Division clash against Sevilla at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

With the Argentine attacker missing through suspension on Sunday in Granada, Luis Enrique's side beat the Andalusians 4-1 to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of the table.

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Barca are two points behind their fierce rivals - who also have a game in hand - and Los Blancos are also in action on Wednesday with a trip to nearby Leganes.


BARCELONA INJURIES


Aleix Vidal is sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a horrific ankle injury at Alaves in February, while Rafinha is also out after limping out during the game in Granada on Sunday evening.

Rafinha Granada Barcelona La Liga


BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS


Lionel Messi is back from suspension and Luis Enrique has no other players banned for the game against Sevilla.

Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga


BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Barcelona boss Luis Enrique reverted back to 4-3-3 in the absence of Lionel Messi on Sunday, but is set to start with 3-4-3 in this match as the Argentine returns.

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Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti will also be back in the starting line-up against Jorge Sampaoli's side, with Sergi Roberto in a midfield role now that Rafinha is sidelined.

Andres Iniesta is also in line for a place in the starting XI after making an appearance as substitute in Granada on Sunday.

Barca possible XI Sevilla


SEVILLA TEAM NEWS


Sevilla's spectacular season has gone off the boil in recent weeks, with the Andalusians now without a win in all competitions since beating Athletic Club 1-0 at the beginning of March.

In that time, Sampaoli's side have crashed out of the Champions League to Leicester and also been overtaken by Atletico Madrid in third place in La Liga.

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Sampaoli, who was strongly linked with Barca before that dip in form, is seemingly out of contention now to replace Luis Enrique. The Argentine welcomes back Gabriel Mercado and Nicolas Escudero for the Camp Nou clash, but there is no place in the squad for Ganso or Luciano Vietto.

Joaquin Correa Sevilla Sporting Gijon La Liga


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Sevilla have only won one of their last 19 La Liga games against Barcelona (drawing four and losing 14). The sole win was a 2-1 success in October 2015.

  • Barcelona are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run against Sevilla at home (won 11, drawn two) – a run stretching back to December 2002 (when the Blaugrana lost 3-0).

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  • Lionel Messi has scored 27 goals against Sevilla in all competitions, his favourite opponent alongside Atletico.

  • Luis Suarez has had a hand in more goals than any other La Liga player since the beginning of 2015-16 with 89 goal contributions (63 goals, 26 assists) - more than both Messi (74) and Ronaldo (71) in that period.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Barcelona versus Sevilla kicks off at 19:30 CET on Wednesday and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports 3 from 18:00 GMT.

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