22 May 2012

Barça resume preparations for the Copa del Rey Final

The first team returned to training after enjoying a two-day break. Thiago Alcántara featured in today’s training after recovering from a stomach virus.

Barça faces a crucial week of training ahead of the Copa del Rey Final in Madrid against Athletic Club. After enjoying two days off, the team returned to training this afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Thiago Alcántara, who has missed the team’s last training session due to illness, was back with the team.

The available first-team players, including Pinto and Alexis, both of whom still do not have medical clearance to play, participated in the training session. The Barça B players Montoya, Bartra, Tello and Dos Santos joined their first-team colleagues as well.

Pep Guardiola will not be able use Alves, Puyol, Villa, Fontàs and Abidal in the final.

Training session on Tuesday morning

Guardiola will lead another closed-door training session on Tuesday at 11:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Gerard Piqué will hold a post-training press conference. (via FCBarcelona.com)