Neymar will not be taking part in this season's first match against Elche. Even though the player has recovered quite well from the grade I sprain to his left ankle, he won't be making his 2014-15 season debut today.
The Brazilian ace will be forced to see the match from the sidelines, along with Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Adriano – all injured, and Pique and Luis Suarez - both suspended.
The manager has also decided not to play Song, while Pedro has been given the green light to play by the club's medical team and is on Luis Enrique's list of 18, as are Sandro and Munir from Barcelona B. The men chosen to kick of Barca's season are Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Pedro, Munir, Messi and Sandro.