Rakitic only player rested as Barça name strong squad for Alaves

Vermaelen returns to squad in place of the Croatian midfielder

 El conjunto azulgrana entrenó por última vez antes del encuentro ante el Alavés | Marta Fernández

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for Tuesday's La Liga match against Alaves, with just one change from Saturday's 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Thomas Vermaelen comes into the squad after returning from a recent injury. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic drops out. The Croatian will take a rest. 

The full squad is: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Malcom, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Aleñá, Vidal, Umtiti and Vermaelen.

Barça face Alaves at Mendizorroza, kick off 21.30h CET. A win will move Barça within one win of the title -- or they could even be crowned champions on Wednesday if they win and Atletico lose to Valencia. 

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