Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has left Spanish U21 international Riqui Puig out of his squad to face Alaves in La Liga action this weekend.
Puig has been linked with a potential exit from the Catalan giants after Koeman hinted he would not feature in his first team plans in the 2020/21 campaign.
The 21-year old made a cameo appearance off the bench in the 1-0 defeat to Getafe two weeks ago in his only La Liga outing of the season so far.
According to a report from Marca, he has been left out this weekend due to a ‘technical decision’ made by the Dutch coach.
Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho will also miss the trip to the Estadio Mendizorrotza through injury alongside Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo.
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Marc Ter Stegen has returned to light training in recent days but the German international is not ready for a first team return with Neto deputising for the German goalkeeper.
BARCELONA PROBABLE STARTING XI V ALAVES
Neto; Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets; Pedri, Messi, Fati; Griezmann