The start of 2024 brings fresh challenges for FC Barcelona as they gear up for a pivotal clash against UD Las Palmas in their 19th La Liga match. Both teams are eyeing a strong start to the year, aiming to secure three crucial points in this highly anticipated encounter.
Xavi's squad faces some notable absences, with Ter Stegen, Marcos Alonso, Gavi, and Pedri still sidelined. However, there's good news as Iñigo Martínez receives medical clearance for the Copa del Rey clash against Barbastro, although he won't be traveling with the team. The return of De Jong is a boost after his absence against Valencia due to accumulated yellow cards.
Adding to the excitement is the potential debut of Vitor Roque, who recently joined FC Barcelona after parting ways with Athletico Paranaense. The Brazilian forward, having posed with his new '19' jersey, awaits his official introduction to the team.
The selected squad for the trip to the Canary Islands:
Iñaki Peña, Astralaga, Kochen; Cancelo, Balde, Araujo, Ferran, Lewandowski, Raphinha, Joao Félix, Christensen, Oriol Romeu, Vitor Roque, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Gündogan, Kounde, Lamine Yamal, Fermín López, Cubarsí, and Fort.
UD Las Palmas: Valles; Suárez, Coco, Mika Mármol, Sergi Cardona; Javi Muñoz, Kirian, Loiodice; Marvin Park, Munir, and Sandro.
FC Barcelona: Iñaki Peña; Cancelo, Araújo, Koundé, Balde; Frenkie de Jong, Gündogan, Sergi Roberto; Raphinha, Lewandowski, and Ferran Torres.
As the footballing world eagerly awaits this crucial LaLiga fixture, the anticipation is palpable. FC Barcelona faces a stern test against UD Las Palmas, hoping to kickstart the year with a statement win.
The blend of seasoned talent and potential debutants adds an element of intrigue, making this encounter a must-watch for fans worldwide. With both teams hungry for victory, the stage is set for a thrilling battle that could set the tone for their respective campaigns in 2024.