10 January 2012

First session without Keita

The first team returned to training on Tuesday with all of the available players present, apart from the Malian, who has left to join his national team.

Seydou Keita was the main absentee today. He is with the Mali national team getting ready for the African Nations Cup which starts on the 21st in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Whenever he returns depends on how the side performs, in a tournament where they share a group with Ghana, Botswana and host nation Equatorial Guinea.

But everybody else was there, including those that had gone to Zurich the day before and who were applauded onto the pitch by their team-mates this morning. The session also featured Cuenca of Barça B, and former player Rafa Márquez, who also trained with the group on Saturday.

The squad will train again on Wednesday, the final session before playing the second leg of their round of 16 Copa del Rey tie at Osasuna (Thursday, 22.00, TV3 and Telecinco). (via FCBarcelona.cat)