Although Barcelona’s squad for the Copa del Rey game against Murcia has not been announced, there will be a heavy Barcelona B presence. There are 12 first team players who trained on Monday, with the other stars given some time off, so the other six spaces in the 18 man list will likely go to youngsters.
Valverde called up goalkeeper Adrian Ortola again, as well as left back Marc Cucurella, pivote Oriol Busuqets, interiors Vitinho and Alena, and forwards Arnaiz and Carles Perez.
Good news for Barcelona came with Jordi Alba’s return to outdoor training after an injury. He was still apart from the squad and working under physical coach Juanjo Brau but it means he is likely to return sooner rather than later.