May 23 finally saw Thomas Vermaelen make his official debut for FC Barcelona in the game at the Camp Nou against Deportivo, nine months after he signed for the Catalans from Arsenal.
They have not been easy months for the Belgian, who was still suffering from a hamstring injury sustained at the Brazil 2014 World Cup when he arrived. In November, he played a friendly for Barça B against the Indonesian U19 team Sub-19, and underwent surgery on the semitendinosus muscle in his right leg.
A few weeks ago, on April 26, he was declared fully fit and has been training normally with the rest of the team since. He was named in the squads for the Bayern Munich and Real Sociedad games, but did not get to come on.
Jordi Masip also played his first ever Liga game, although he had appeared in the cup earlier this season. Claudio Bravo had played all 37 of the other games in the competition and won the coveted Zamora trophy for the best goalkeeping record.