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How Barcelona could line up against Real Madrid

Sports Mole takes a look at how Barcelona could line up in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Barca have won the competition in each of the last four years and have been present in all but one of the last eight finals.

The Spanish champions will enter the match off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia in the league on Saturday and will be looking to secure an advantage ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu later this month.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how Barcelona could line up when they take to the field for El Clasico.


Out: Rafinha (knee), Samuel Umtiti (knee), Jasper Cillessen (muscle)
Doubtful: Lionel Messi (thigh), Ousmane Dembele (illness)

Jasper Cillessen would have started this match between the sticks had he been fit, but the Dutchman will miss out with a muscular injury. As a result, Marc-Andre ter Stegen will play in the Copa del Rey for the first time this season.

Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti are also definitely out, while Barcelona have some concern over Lionel Messi. The Argentine picked up a thigh problem in the latter stages of the clash with Valencia, but should be available to start despite not taking part in his team's main training session on Monday.

Ousmane Dembele has recently recovered from an ankle problem, but the Frenchman is now believed to be suffering with tonsillitis, which makes it difficult to believe that he will be thrown into the starting XI, although the attacker could make the squad.

Jordi Alba and Arthur should both return to the team, while Clement Lenglet is expected to get the nod over Thomas Vermaelen in central defence.

Sergio Busquets will also return for Barcelona having missed the clash with Valencia at the weekend through suspension.

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