Sergi Samper is the only absentee through injury for Barcelona as they prepare to take on rivals Real Madrid in the final El Clasico fixture of the 2017-18 season.

The Catalan giants wrapped up the La Liga title with a 4-2 win over Deportivo de La Coruna last weekend and will be looking to stick the boot in to the old enemy on Sunday night at the Camp Nou.

Manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed the squad for the clash on Saturday, as reported by the club’s official website.

A slight calf injury meant there was some worry surrounding captain Andres Iniesta, but he has made the cut and should start against Madrid for the final time in a Barca shirt.

The iconic playmaker, now 33, announced last month that he would leave the team he has represented for over 20 years at the end of the current campaign.

As always, Barca will turn to Iniesta, alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, for attacking inspiration, whilst there is also expected to be a first El Clasico appearance for Philippe Coutinho, who looks to be finding his feet following his move from Liverpool in January.

Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Yerry Mina have all been left out of the matchday party.

This has, on the face of it, been another hugely successful season for Barca, who can celebrate a domestic double with triumphs in both La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Whilst Madrid’s poor league form certainly made their task easier, there is no doubting that the champions have been worthy of their title; they could still record an unbeaten top-flight season by avoiding defeat in their remaining four matches.

Nonetheless, there will be a tinge of regret at a third-straight Champions League quarter-final exit and Valverde knows that he will largely be judged on progress in Europe next term.


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