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Balde call-up means 17 Barca players now in Qatar

19 Nov 2022, 18:18 GMT+10

DOHA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The decision taken by Spain coach Luis Enrique, to call FC Barcelona left back Alejandro Balde into his squad means that Barca have supplied 17 players to the Qatar World Cup.

The club now have the most players at Qatar, followed by Bayern Munich and Manchester City, who have 16 players to the tournament.

Bayern once boasted of 17 players but striker Sadio Mane has just been left out of Senegal squad due to injury.

The three clubs are followed by Al-Sadd SC (Qatar/15), Manchester United (14) and Real Madrid (13).

The 19-year-old Balde has replaced Jose Luis Gaya of Valencia in the Spain squad after Gaya suffered an ankle injury in a training session.

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