03 January 2012

Messi back training with squad

The Argentinian arrived back in Barcelona on Monday and joined his team mates for training this morning, along with seven members of Barça B.

Leo Messi's life is back to normal. On Tuesday morning he trained with the rest of the squad for the first time this year, after working out on his own the day before, just after arriving back from Barcelona. So Josep Guardiola, who spoke at length with Messi before the session, now has all of his fit players back together.

Seven from B team

That made for a total of 25 players today, 18 from the first team and 7 from Barça B (Montoya, Cuenca, Soriano, Dos Santos, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto and Tello). Éric Abidal, who stayed in the gym on Monday, joined in with most of the session today, so the only absentees are now the two who are out with long-term injuries, Afellay and Villa.

José Manuel Pinto was applauded at the start of the session after it was announced on Monday that the reserve goalkeeper will be staying at FC Barcelona until June 30, 2013.

The team goes back to training on Wednesday morning, the final session before hosting Osasuna in the Copa del Rey (22.00). (via FCBarcelona.cat)