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Barcelona team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Espanyol

Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for title-chasing Barcelona ahead of Saturday's local derby with Espanyol at Camp Nou.

Barcelona could take another big stride towards defending their La Liga crown when they host city rivals Espanyol at Camp Nou on Saturday.

The champions boast a 10-point lead at the top of the table with just 10 games of the season remaining and return to domestic action after the international break on a 16-match unbeaten run in the league.

It would take a major collapse for Ernesto Valverde's side to throw away one leg of a potential treble from such a position, although there are doubts over some key players ahead of this weekend's local derby.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for the match.


BARCELONA'S INJURY LIST

Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Lyon in the Champions League on March 13, 2019© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Groin
Possible return date: March 30 (vs. Espanyol)

Lionel Messi produced quite possibly his best ever hat-trick last time out for Barcelona, but his return to Argentina duty did not go as planned, picking up a groin injury in their defeat to Venezuela. The Barca talisman has since returned to training, though, and should be fit in time for Saturday.


Luis Suarez

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on February 27, 2019© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: March 30 (vs. Espanyol)

Luis Suarez limped off against Real Betis after picking up an ankle injury and was initially ruled out for two weeks by Barca. However, the Uruguayan is now back in training and could be in contention for this weekend's contest.


Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele in action for Barcelona on December 2, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: April 10 (vs. Manchester United)

Ousmane Dembele has set the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United as a target for his return from the hamstring injury he aggravated against Lyon in the last 16.


Rafinha

Barcelona's Rafinha pictured in October 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Rafinha has been sidelined since tearing a knee ligament in November and will miss the remainder of the season.


BARCELONA'S SUSPENSION LIST

Barcelona have no players suspended for this match.


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