Andres Iniesta is back for Barcelona against Deportivo La Coruna this evening, but Sergio Busquets isn’t risked.
Iniesta had missed Barca’s last two games with a calf strain, but he is back to face Depor alongside Javier Mascherano, who is named a substitute after nursing a hamstring injury for the past month.
Paco Alcacer also starts with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up top, but no chances are taken over Busquets, given he is one yellow card away from a ban, which would rule him out of the Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend.
Consequently, Paulinho drops into the holding role usually occupied by the 29-year-old.
You’d have to go back to October 2003 for the last time the Galicians won at Camp Nou, but they famously stayed up with a 2-2 draw on the final day of the 2014-15 campaign and dented the Blaugrana’s title hopes with a 2-1 win on home soil last season.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta; Messi; Suarez, Alcacer
Subs: Cillessen, Busquets, Denis, Mascherano, Digne, Gomes, Vidal
Deportivo La Coruna: Ruben; Juanfran, Schar, Sidnei, Fernando; Guilherme, Borges; Gil, Emre, Adrian; Lucas
Subs: Tyton, Mosquera, Albentosa, Luisinho, Federico Valverde, Bakkali, Valle
Referee: Mateu Lahoz
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