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Etebo up against Messi, Rakitic in Spain

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo will have a taste of what awaits him in Russia as he comes face to face with Argentine captain Lionel Messi and Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakiti as Las Palmas take on La Liga pacesetters, Barcelona at Estadio de Gran Canaria today.

Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike will not make his debut for Las Palmas as the striker is sidelined with a knee injury.

Las Palmas manager Paco Jémez has confirmed his 19-man squad for the game and has omitted both Emenike and 2016 Olympics star Imoh Ezekiel.

Ezekiel not making the squad is a tactical decision by the coach as the striker trained with the first-teamers on Tuesday.

But Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is on the list and it is all but confirmed that the CD Feirense loanee will make his fifth straight start in the Spanish top-flight.

Etebo and the other 18 players selected have been requested to assemble at Hotel Cristina this afternoon.



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