Barca star to play through injury? Predicted XI to face Atletico in Europe

first_img 8. Andres Iniesta (midfield) 12 Who will Luis Enrique select for the Blaugrana? Click the arrow, right, to see the full predicted line-up in squad number order 11. Neymar (forward) 14. Javier Mascherano (centre-back) 1. Marc Andre ter Stegen (goalkeeper) 12 12 4. Ivan Rakitic (midfield) You can listen to live coverage from the Vincente Calderon on our new DAB sports radio station, talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio to receive talkSPORT2 and our other new stations (talkRADIO and Virgin Radio), click here.Barcelona head to Atletico Madrid for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final aiming to show their campaign is still on track for domestic and European success.Luis Enrique’s men will defend a 2-1 lead at the Vicente Caldereron but head into the tie on the back of successive defeats in La Liga to Real Madrid and Real Sociedad.In last week’s first leg, La Liga leaders Barca fell behind as Fernando Torres fired in what could yet prove a priceless away goal for Atletico, only to then get himself sent off for a second caution ahead of half-time.That ultimately swung the balance of the match as Luis Suarez netted a second-half brace.For the return leg, the Catalan giants are expected to be without Rafinha and defender Thomas Vermaelen.The Brazilian midfielder made his return following seven months out after a serious knee injury in the first leg and then started against Sociedad only to head off at half-time with a thigh problem.Former Arsenal centre-back Vermaelen, meanwhile, has a calf injury and Barca will be hoping they can field their first-choice central defensive pairing – Gerard Pique has been struggling with a hip problem. The 29-year-old missed training on Monday, according to Sport, although he is expected to shake off the problem to keep his place.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Barcelona line-up for Wednesday’s all-Spanish clash! 12 12 12 5. Sergio Busquets (midfield) 3. Gerard Pique (centre-back) 12 6. Dani Alves (right-back) 12 12 9. Luis Suarez (forward) 10. Lionel Messi (forward) 12 12 12 18. Jordi Alba (left-back)last_img read more