Arda Turan included in Barcelona squad ahead of Sporting Gijon clash

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Turkish international star Arda Turan has kept his place in the squad and will travel with his teammates to Asturias ahead of the Barcelona clash against Sporting Gijon.

Turan has made nine appearances – including six starts – since making his Barcelona debut in the 4-1 victory over Espanyol in the Spanish Cup last month.

The reigning La Liga champions have won all nine games Turan has featured in and have gone 30 games unbeaten – an all time club record.

Barca will be without long-term absentee Rafinha due to injury meanwhile Masip, Douglas, Jordi Alba, Sandro and Sergi Roberto have all been left at home ahead of the trip.

Sporting will be without defensive duo Bernardo Espinosa and Roberto Canella while striker Antonio Sanabria (hamstring) and attacking midfielder Dani N’di (knee) will also miss the game.

The full Barcelona squad of 18 is as follows:

Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Alves, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen and Mathieu.

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