Tito Vilanova will be required to change his plans in order to middle together a strong side against Celtic. Neither Piqué, Puyol and Alves will be available in time, which means all three will miss the vital Champions League match. This trio of absentees and also Busquets, who is currently suspended.
Both Puyol and Alves were training on their own throughout Monday’s session and neither is yet ready to make an apperance. Piqué has also been ruled out, so Vilanova is yet again going to find it hard at the back.
Mascherano and Song are the only first team options readily available at the centre of defence, as Busquets is starting the first game of his two-match ban after his sending-off against Benfica. Yet again it could be a issue of all hands on deck for Barcelona at the back. Meanwhile, the way the Barça ship carries on leaking goals is a huge cause for worry.
Defensive woes aside, the primary talking point in Tito Vilanova’s squad for the Celtic game is the addition of academy player Sergi Roberto, who will take the position of the suspended Sergio Busquets. Indeed, this is the only switch to the squad named by the coach over the last meet.