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First session of the week for reduced Barça squad

First session of the week for reduced Barça squad

Alcácer, Deulofeu and Denis Suárez train on Pitch 3 under Valverde's orders, whilst Luis Suárez does gym work

The FC Barcelona squad undertook their first training session of the week on Monday morning, under a sunny sky but colder temperatures than in recent days. Several players missed the session as they travel to various countries for international duty.

Coach Ernesto Valverde worked with Paco Alcácer, Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suárez on Pitch 3 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, whilst Luis Suárez trained in the gym.

Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal did recovery work at the Camp Tito Vilanova. André Gomes, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Dembélé continue sidelined through injury but are training for a speedy return to action.

Some 14 members of the first team squad have been selected to play for their respective countries in the international break. Of particular note is Ivan Rakitic, who has the chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with Croatia in a playoff.

Barça's other international players will take part in friendly fixtures.

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