Valverde drops Malcom from Barça squad but Denis keeps his place

The coach has left the Brazilian out for Sunday's game against Eibar

Malcom estuvo muy desafortunado ante el Levante
Malcom estuvo muy desafortunado ante el Levante | Valentí Enrich

Malcom has been left out of Barcelona's 18-man squad for the game against Eibar but there is room for Arsenal target Denis Suarez. 

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Denis came off the bench against Levante in midweek to earn Barça a penalty as they were beaten 2-1 in their Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg. 

However, he's been the subject of interest from Arsenal this month and is thought to want to push through a move to the English side due to lack of game time at Camp Nou. 

Malcom, meanwhile, started the game against Levante but missed a one on one and was eventually replaced by Denis. 

The Brazilian has been in and out of the Barca squad since signing from Bordeaux in the summer for 41 million euros. 

He's twice been hampered by a hamstring problem but he's also been repeatedly left out by Ernesto Valverde for technical reasons. 

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba all return to the squad after being rested for the cup in midweek. 

Full squad: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Rakitic, Busquets, Denis, Coutinho, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Lenglet, Murillo, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Aleña, Vidal


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