​Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has hinted that centre-back Gerard Piqué could sit out of their match against Leganés on Saturday if he's distracted by the Davis Cup - a tennis competition that's taking place a few miles away from the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

Piqué has helped to organise the reformatted Davis Cup this year, which is taking place in Madrid, and he even spent time at the event during the international break.

But with Barcelona travelling to the Spanish capital on Saturday, Valverde suggests that Piqué will only be selected to play if he's fully focused on the match.


"If I see that he is focussed and ready to play then he'll play," Valverde said, quoted by Marca"I've spoken with him and I see him as being focussed.

"He has interests outside of football and many players are criticised for only knowing football.

"We'll see if he has permission to attend the Davis Cup or not. We have to leave him alone for now, as we have an important game."

Although Piqué is still available for Barcelona this weekend, injuries elsewhere has seen youth players Dani Morer and Ronald Araújo called up to the first-team squad.

Morer, a right back with the youth team, has been selected to help cover the gap left by a suspended Sergi Roberto and injured Nélson Semedo.

Araújo, meanwhile, has been promoted this week after Clément Lenglet picked up an injury while on international duty with France.

Elsewhere in the squad, Ivan Rakitić could make a return to Valverde's starting lineup even though he's been deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

The Croatian missed the international break due to injury but has been included in their squad to face Leganés on Saturday.

Barcelona are currently joint-top of the league table in Spain, while Javier Aguirre's Leganés are at the bottom of La Liga.

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