Lionel Messi is part of the Barcelona 21-man squad that arrived Johannesburg on Wednesday for a friendly tie against Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City even as he is expected to make a cameo appearance.
Coach Ernesto Valverde picked a full strength squad, leaving only the injured Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen behind and adding three players from the youth academy to the squad – Alena, Ruiz de Galarreta and Cuenca – with a view to giving them a run out in the team.
Messi sat out training in Barcelona on Tuesday as a precaution before the squad flew overnight on a chartered jet directly from Barcelona to Johannesburg.
They will leave again for Spain after the match with a midnight departure scheduled from OR Tambo Airport.
Squad: 1-Ter Stegen, 2-Semedo, 3-Pique, 4-Rakitic, 5-Sergio Busquets, 6-Denis Suarez, 8-Andres Iniesta, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Lionel Messi, 11-Dembele, 13-Jasper Cillessen, 14-Coutinho, 15-Paulinho, 17-Paco Alcacer, 18-Jordi Alba, 19-Lucas Digne, 20-Sergi Roberto, 21-Andre Gomes, 22-Aleix Vidal, 24-Yerry Mina, 26-Alena, 40-Ruiz de Galarreta, 41-Jorge Cuenca.
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Author: Our Correspondents