Barcelona have reportedly signed teenager Ilias Akhomach for the Champions League and the youngster could play against Bayern Munich.
Ilias was listed on Monday even though Barca knew he could not play against Benfica due to a suspension, according to Ara.
However, the move means the 17-year-old could now play Barca’s last group game at Bayern Munich on December 8.
It could be that Ilias is needed too. Barca will still be without Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite, and it is not clear whether Ansu Fati will be in full form in time for the crucial game.
Xavi gave Ilias his first-team debut in his first game against Espanyol. The 17-year-old played the first 45 minutes and was replaced at half-time by Ez Abde.
Neither Ilias nor Abde were able to play against Bayern Munich, which means Xavi turned to Yusuf Demir for the match at Camp Nou.
It will be interesting to see how Xavi lines up his squad on Saturday against Villarreal with the youngsters apparently clearly in his plans for the future.
The new boss also has Ousmane Dembele back in the account after the Frenchman made his return from injury as a substitute against Benfica.