For the first time this week, Jordi Roura was able to work with the majority of the first team squad at a training session. This Thursday, the players who had been involved in international friendlies on Wednesday were back at the Ciutat Esportiva. A number of these players (Cesc, Alba, Iniesta, Pedro, Sergio, Alves, Adriano, Messi, and Mascherano) spent the session doing post-match recovery work and physiotherapy, while the rest of the internationals (Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Villa, and Alexis) exercised at a normal pace with the group.
Also joining the group today were Thiago, Song, and Bartra. The two midfielders had spent the last two days doing specific work in the gym while Bartra was out with a fever. All three were back with the group on Thursday, though there were new absences as Pinto missed the session with gastroenteritis and Dos Santos trained on his own on the sidelines.
The Barça squad will have Friday off, returning to work on Saturday to continue preparations for Sunday’s midday game against Getafe (12:00).
Source: fcbarcelona.cat; Image: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)