Busquets to have painkilling injection ahead of Barça-Valencia

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Busquets to have painkilling injection ahead of Barça-Valencia

Busquets to have painkilling injection ahead of Barça-Valencia

GORKA LEIZA

Sergio Busquets will play through the pain barrier against Valencia, while Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Digne remain out of action.

Sergio Busquets will start for Barcelona against Valencia on Saturday, but will need a painkilling injection in order to do so, AS understands.

Rakitic and Digne out

The midfielder trained on Friday and was named in the Barça squad for the match at Camp Nou. His return is timely for Ernesto Valverde as Ivan Rakitic is unavailable after undergoing surgery on a finger injury. Lucas Digne returned to training this week after a three-week absence with a thigh complaint, but the Valencia match comes too soon for him.

Yerry Mina and Aleix Vidal are fit but have been left out of the squad. 

It remains to be seen if Ernesto Valverde will field the players - like Umtiti and Semedo - who were particularly poor in Barcelona's Champions League defeat to Roma.

"They play with a straightforward 4-4-2 which is easily recognisable and it's serving them well," Valverde said of Valencia in his pre-match news conference. Barça's team selection is not quite so straightforward. The LaLiga leaders could line up in a 4-4-2 formation, but a 4-3-3 with Coutinho joining Suárez and Messi in attack is also a possibility. 

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