Barcelona captain Lionel Messi sustained a fracture on the radial bone in his right arm, he will out for approximately 3 weeks and set to miss both legs against Inter Milan, home games against Real Madrid, Real Betis and trips to Rayo Vallecano and Cup game against Cultural Leonesa.
Ernesto Valverde will look to integrate Dembele back into the starting XI to replace Messi. Sergi Roberto is also back from injury and is set to return to his regular RightBack role in the team.
This is the most likely lineup for the coach to use, with Dembele directly replacing Messi. Roberto returning to the RB slot for the key games this season.
This is another option the coach can employ, returning Coutinho back to the midfield and Malcom & Dembele on the wings, Rakitic goes to the bench, Without Messi, the team needs as much creative players on the pitch as possible.
A 4-4-2 formation with Roberto sent to midfield and Semedo keeping the RB spot after his impressive game against Sevilla, Arthur ahead of Rakitic because of present form with Dembele and Suarez up front.
This is a lineup I would like to see, Munir to partner out of form Suarez, with Dembele and Coutinho at midfield. The 4-4-2 formation will bring stability to the defense and also full power when attacking. If given the chance Munir can use this opportunity to impress the coach.
4-2-3-1 which can easily revert to 4-3-3. Arthur playing as a number 10 because of his ball retention capability and his passing accuracy.
The key players in Messi absence will be Luis Suarez. Pressure will be on Suarez to be the main goal outlet for the team. Coutinho will have to step up and be clinical. The full back Alba/Roberto will be key to add more bite to attack. It will be interesting to see a Barcelona team without Messi and how they will play.