Coutinho and Yerry Mina in Valverde's squad list for first time
The two winter signings enter Valverde's squad list for the game against Espanyol in the second leg of the Copa del Rey while Iniesta and Álcacer return too.
Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina, Barcelona's two new signings this winter make their first appearance in an Ernesto Valverde squad. They will try to help their new team overturn a 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last week. The second leg takes place on Thursday at the Camp Nou.
Coutinho is assured of his place in the squad and could even make his debut against his former team at the Camp Nou. Yerry Mina is a doubt, however, as Valverde called up 18 players and will need to discard one player off the list. It will be between the Colombian and Aleix Vidal, who is reportedly in talks with AS Roma over a move out of Barcelona.
The other newcomers in the list are Paco Álcacer and Andres Iniesta, who have been given the all clear after layoffs from injury. Meanwhile, Denis Suárez remains off the list for the second consecutive game along with Gerard Deulofeu.
Ernesto Vaverde's squad list for Espanyol in the Copa del Rey:
Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen and Cillessen
Defenders: Semedo, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Digne, Umtiti, Mina.
Midfielders: Sergio, Rakitic, Iniesta, Paulinho, Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix.
Attackers: Alcácer, Suárez, Messi