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Lionel Messi, Neymar not in Barcelona squad for US tour


Neymar and Lionel Messi

Barcelona: South American stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Javier Mascherano have been left out of the 24-member Barcelona squad for the European football champions’ upcoming pre-season tour to the US.  The Catalan side will play in the International Champions Cup, in which it will take on LA Galaxy, Manchester United and Chelsea as they travel through the US. Head coach Luis Enrique named 24 players in the squad that will travel across the Atlantic on Saturday, with Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Claudio Bravo and Dani Alves all missing, having been given extended holidays following their Copa America exploits, reported on Friday.

The coach has included new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, who will not be able to play in a competitive game for the club until January because of their transfer ban. The full squad: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Jose Suarez, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Rafinha, Marc Bartra, Douglas, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu, Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal, Sandro, Munir, Alen Halilovic, Sergi Samper and Gerard Gumbau.