Real Betis vs. Barcelona: Lewandowski and Ferran Torres back for Xavi
The two forwards return from their bans but Barça will be missing Dembele
Barcelona take on Real Betis at the Benito Villamarín in LaLiga on Wednesday -- the game was originally postponed due to the Spanish Super Cup.
Barça want to maintain their five-point lead over Real Madrid -- and even extend it to eight before Los Blancos play on Thursday -- and Xavi Hernández has announced a squad with two players back in and two players out.
The first two are Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres, who return to the squad after suspension. The Polish striker has missed the last three league games and Ferran the last two. Now, they are available again for Xavi, who will be able to count on the presence of a No '9' in his line-up.
However, there are two others who are out of the squad for the game against Girona. Ousmane Dembélé is out through injury after hurting his thigh at Montilivi. He will miss the game against Real Betis and could be out for the next five weeks. Héctor Bellerín is also missing from the squad, having left on a transfer to Sporting Club on Tuesday.
U19 winger Ángel Alarcón, who trained with the first team this week as he has been doing recently, has been called up in place of the injured Dembélé.
This is the Barça squad list to face Betis: Ter Stegen, Iñaki Peña, Arnau Tenas, Araujo, Busquets, Pedri, Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba, Kessié, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Raphinha, Koundé, Eric García, Balde, Gavi, Pablo Torre and Ángel Alarcón.