Contrary to earlier reports and speculations, Lionel Messi is included into the travelling squad to South Africa. On Wednesday night the Catalans face the local team Mamelodi Sundowns to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The travelling squad is as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Coutinho, Paulinho, Alcácer, Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Gomes, A. Vidal, Yerry Mina, Aleñá , R. de Galarreta and J. Cuenca.
Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are the only absentees. Both of them struggle with injuries.