In just six days, FC Barcelona will return to action. After three mixed weeks in LaLiga, everybody is expected to see the team react against Valencia next Saturday. There's no doubt about the quality this team has in its ranks, despite being unable to add to Neymar before the transfer window closed. The objective, as it was last season and the season before that, is to win every competition possible.
One concern has been the number of injuries which have disrupted the plans for this season. Whilst it doesn't excuse some of the performances, due to the quality available, Ernesto Valverde has been unable to field his first-choice XI yet.
THE CAMP NOU COULD WITNESS A SPECIAL MOMENT
There is no better place than the Camp Nou to unleash Barça's new forward line. In Messi, Griezmann and Suarez you have three players who are in most people's 'top 10' lists. They are all leaders in their respective national teams (France, Uruguay and Argentina) and possess vital experience. Together, they could create something truly special.
Whilst having all three out on the pitch could be special, Barça have also missed the presence of one man. Messi has been injured since his first day back in preseason training. He worked hard to try and make the opening weekend but felt discomfort and decided he needed more time. The Argentine star didn't join up with his teammates for this international break and has put in extra work to ensure he's ready for this weekend.
THE CURSED CALF INJURIES
Suarez joined him on the treatment table after the match between Athletic Club and Barça. Once again, as was the case with Messi, it was a calf injury. Everything suggests Suarez will be available against Valencia too after working hard for three weeks. Both are expected to rejoin full training this week, although not on Monday, but at least during the middle of the week.
This means Barça might finally be able to play their first-choice attacking trio.