JUST IN: African youngster starts in Messi’s absence as Valverde releases Barcelona’s starting line up against Huesca

As LaLiga Santander’s top side visits the division’s bottom club, Ernesto Valverde is using the opportunity to rest a number of his key players as Valverde opt for Senegalese star. Barcelona face Manchester United on Tuesday and do not want to run any risks, especially when they hold a nine-point league advantage. Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto have been rested while Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez are out through suspension.

This gives a chance for a number of squad players like Kevin-Prince Boateng and Malcom to shine up front while youngsters Moussa Wague, Jean-Clair Todibo and Riqui Puig are handed their first league starts.

Barcelona’s line-up: Ter Stegen, Wague, Murillo, Umtiti, Todibo, Riqui Puig, Arturo Vidal, Alena, Malcom, Dembele and Boateng.

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Huesca’s probable line-up: Santamaria, Miramon, Etxeita, Pulido, Mantovani, Galan, Rivera, Yangel Herrera, Moi Gomez, Enric Gallego and Chimy Avila.

More to follow…