Barcelona leave Vermaelen behind for Champions League trip to Paris

Thomas Vermaelen Pre FA Cup Press Conference

The Belgian defender doesn't make the squad, despite being initially expected to travel with Barcelona, ahead of their clash at PSG.

Thomas Vermaelen's road to recovery has been long and difficult, but having finally started training with the Barcelona squad and being keen to put a forgettable year behind him, Thomas Vermaelen was expected to form a part of the squad for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg away at Paris Saint Germain.

Indeed, on Monday morning and after the final training session at the Sports City, via the official FC Barcelona website, the 29-year-old was named amongst a party of 23 players, with the squad set to make their journey to Paris on Tuesday morning.

However, clearly he isn't quite ready for a return to competitive action because Vermaelen was later omitted from the squad, even though he'd trained without any apparent problems.

The reasoning issued by Barcelona, is that instead, the former Arsenal captain will be able to train fully for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, instead of being interrupted by travelling.

This could indicate that manager Luis Enrique may be pondering the possibility of giving Vermaelen some minutes, when Barcelona take on Valencia in La Liga next Saturday.

Dani Alves is unavailable for the first leg, serving a one-match suspension, but otherwise Barcelona take a full complement of players.

The squad named by manager Luis Enrique, is as follows:

Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Douglas, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Mathieu, Munir.

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