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Barcelona team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Athletic Bilbao

Sports Mole rounds up Barcelona's latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final.

Barcelona will be aiming to win the Spanish Super Cup for the 14th time when they take on Athletic Bilbao in the final of the competition on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman's side booked their spot in the showpiece event courtesy of a penalty-shootout win over Real Sociedad on Wednesday, with Riqui Puig netting the decisive effort.

Blaugrana found out their opponents on Thursday evening, with Athletic recording a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid courtesy of a brace from Raul Garcia.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Barca's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the clash.


Ansu Fati

Barcelona's Ansu Fati in action with Villarreal's Dani Parejo in La Liga on September 27, 2020© Reuters

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

Barca are expected to be without the services of Ansu Fati for at least the next couple of months, with the exciting youngster undergoing surgery to address the knee injury that he picked up in November.


Gerard Pique

A tearful Gerard Pique leaves the pitch on November 21, 2020© Reuters

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

Gerard Pique had to be replaced against Atletico Madrid on November 21 after picking up an injury to his right knee, and the centre-back is facing a long period on the sidelines.


Sergi Roberto

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in action with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos in La Liga at Camp Nou on December 18, 2019© Reuters

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

Sergi Roberto has recently recovered from coronavirus, but the Spain international is currently on the sidelines with a muscular problem, and it is unclear when the 28-year-old might be available to return.


Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho in action for Barcelona on December 13, 2020© Reuters

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

Philippe Coutinho recently underwent knee surgery to treat the problem that he picked up against Eibar at the end of December, and the Brazil international is expected to be out for at least the next three months.


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on December 19, 2020© Reuters

Status: Minor doubt
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: January 17 (vs. Athletic Bilbao)

Lionel Messi was absent against Sociedad due to a slight hamstring problem, but Koeman said after the match that he is hopeful of having the Argentine back for Sunday's final.


BARCELONA'S SUSPENSION LIST

Barca have no suspension concerns heading into the Spanish Super Cup final.


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