Xavi and Alves make Barca squad

Xavi and Dani Alves are both in Barcelona’s squad to face Stuttgart

on Tuesday even though the duo await the green light to return to

action.

Full-back Alves had been absent for a month due to a calf

problem while Xavi picked up a thigh injury during last weekend’s

defeat to Atletico Madrid that had been expected to keep the Spain

international out for around 15 days.

However, both players have been named in a 20-man travelling

party for the trip to Germany for the first leg of Barca’s last-16

clash with Stuttgart.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a late withdrawal ahead of

Saturday night’s 4-0 win over Racing Santander with an ankle

problem, has also been included along with young duo Jonathan dos

Santos and Marc Bartra, but injured pair Seydou Keita and Eric

Abidal are missing.