Luis Suarez has emerged as a doubt for Barcelona Sunday’s clash with Valencia due to a knee injury.
However, if the Uruguayan passes a late fitness test then he should lead the line as usual in a front three alongside Messi – so majestic at Wembley – and Ousmane Dembele, who missed the win over Spurs.
Dembele’s inclusion would likely see Philippe Coutinho drop into a deeper role rather than miss out entirely, with Arthur the most at risk of losing his place in the team despite earning praise for his performance against Tottenham.
Samuel Umtiti who has ankle injury and Sergi Roberto with Musle strings are also not yet confirm for the clash.
Umtiti’s continued absence means that Clement Lenglet will partner Gerard Pique once again, while Sergi Roberto picked up a muscular injury last weekend and so Nelson Semedo is expected to retain his place at right-back.
Barca have not gone four La Liga games without a win since April 2016, but take on a Valencia side with just one victory to their name all season, despite their fourth-placed finish last term.