It represents a perfect chance for Dembele to get off the mark in Barca colours, with injury having disrupted his first season in Spain since signing from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth up to €150m.
There are also many other first-teamers in line to play Espanyol from UAE: 21:45 (18:45 local time) including Colombia defender Mina, who signed in January, Denis Suarez, Lucas Digne, Paco Alcacer and Aleix Vidal.
Andre Gomes also features in midfield after being greeted with mixed reaction by the Camp Nou when he replaced an injured Andres Iniesta in the 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
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Barcelona are desperately trying to avoid paying Manchester City any more for Denis Suarez as they have already forked out £3.5million to the Premier League leaders despite the fact the 24-year-old Spaniard left the Etihad five years ago.
Suarez, 24, started out in the youth ranks of Celta Vigo before heading to City in 2011. However, the Spanish playmaker failed to make a single Premier League appearance for City, and was sold to Barca back in 2013, where he featured for their B team.
He had a loan spell with Sevilla before being sold to Villarreal, where his impressive displays earned him a move back to Catalonia in 2016 – but since then he has played just 54 times.
And it is no wonder he is being frozen out as Catalan newspaper SPORT claim a clause in Suarez’s initial Barca deal means that City must be paid €800,000 (£715,000) for every 10 appearances he makes for the first team.
That equates to the La Liga giants paying City an additional £3.5m, with every new invoice that arrives from City ‘received with displeasure’ by the club.
Suarez has not played a single minute in Barcelona’s last 12 games with the club trying to save money, despite telling the player they counted on him in January.
Suarez may now be heading for the Camp Nou exit door this summer, before City can take another chunk of money from the Spanish giants.
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi may have scored his 600th competitive career goal on Sunday night in the win over Atletico Madrid, but it is his most recent Instagram post that is still keeping people talking.
The 30-year-old superstar was pictured in Blaugrana training ahead of the game, side-footing a pass but it wasn’t just any old lay-off. Messi’s knee and ankle appeared very much in an unnatural position.
From the image, it looks like Messi’s left leg actually defied the laws of physics and twisted virtually 180 degrees – causing many people to suggest on social media he just isn’t human.
As if another reason was needed to prove the Argentine’s unreal talents are from another planet.
Take a look for yourself below…