Chapecoense to wear special 71-star shirt against Barcelona to remember the victims of the plane crash

By Daily Mail
Chapecoense will wear a special shirt against Barcelona when they meet on August 7

Chapecoense will wear a special shirt against Barcelona on Monday in remembrance of those who died in the plane crash last November.

The shirt, made by Umbro, will feature 71 stars each representing a victim of the incident which happened while the South American side were travelling to Colombia ahead of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals.

Alan Ruschel, one of the survivors, will appear for Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp.

Ruschel, a defender, required surgery for a serious back injury but recently went back to training.

Chapecoense released a statement on Thursday and confirmed the 27-year-old would be fit to play against Barcelona.

It read: 'Chapecoense can confirm that after a joint decision by the board, the department of football and the player himself, who is fit to play, the official return of Alan Ruschel to the side will take place on August 7 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

'Alan's return represents an important step in his recovery and in the process of rebuilding the squad.

'Considering the magnitude of this match against a great Spanish team, in one of the temples of world football, we recognise that the game represents the ideal occasion for his return.'