La Liga line ups: Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona

Lionel Messi is restored to the Barcelona starting line up for their trip to Athletic Bilbao.

The Barcelona skipper had been struggling with a thigh injury, but manager Ernesto Valverde has opted to start him for this crucial clash.

Messi is one of three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in midweek, wih Arturo Vidal and Jordi Alba coming in for the injured Arthur and Sergi Roberto.

Athletic Bilbao leave out Ander Capa, with Mikel San Jose, Iker Munian, Inigo Cordoba and Ibai Gomez all dropping to the bench following their defeat to local rivals Real Sociedad las time out.

BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Messi, Coutinho, Suarez

SUBS; Pena, Murillo, Vermaelen, Prince-Boaeng, Alena, Malcom, DembeleĀ 

AHLEIC BILBAO: Herrerin, De Marcos, Martinez, Lopez, Balenziaga, Bena, Carillo, Susaeta, Garcia, Beriche, Williams

SUBS: Kodro, Nunez, San Jose, Munian, Gomez, Cordoba, Mendibil