The team has had the first of two training sessions today without the Mexican midfielder, who has a quadriceps injury
International call ups
For Barça players have been called up for international duty on August 15. Messi and Mascherano will play for Argentina against Germany in Frankfurt. Alves represents Brazil against Sweden in Stockholm and Afellay will fly to Brussels to join the Holland squad.
Barça trained on Thursday morning without Jonathan Dos Santos, who has pulled the quadriceps in his right leg. He did specific training today rather than train with the rest of the team. That meant there were eighteen first team players at the Ciutat Esportiva today, plus Sergi Roberto and Oier of the reserves. Like on Tuesday, the team has a second training session in the evening at 19.00, behind closed doors.
The three Barça players that have been involved in the Olympic Games, Jordi Alba, Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello, will arrive in Madrid today at 16.00, from where they will transfer directly to Barcelona.