FC Barcelona XI vs Atletico Madrid: starting line-up, confirmed team news, latest injury for LaLiga game today

The pair are missing by suspension, leaving manager Xavi Hernandez short for the trip to the capital.

Alba was sent off in last weekend’s moody derby draw with Espanyol, while an appeal to release Lewandowski from the three-match suspension handed to him ahead of the World Cup was rejected .

Although there are no new injury concerns for Barca, missing out on two such experienced players is a huge blow.

Level on points with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, the Catalan giants need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

Marcos Alonso seemed an obvious swap for Alb, but instead comes Alejandro Balde. Lewandowski’s replacement, meanwhile, has always been unclear. Memphis Depay was an option, along with Ferran Torres or Ansu Fati.

Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Gavi are in the lead.

Barcelona predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Christensen, Koundé, Baldé; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Fati, Gavi, Dembele

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