Leo Messi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

After Sunday's day off, the squad returned to work on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning with the focus on Wednesday's second leg game against Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou.

Leo Messi was given a short break by Guardiola over the weekend, as he was suspended, but the Argentinean was back in training this morning alongside the rest of the available first team squad members and Tello and Muniesa from Barça B. As usual before a Champions League game, the players trained with the official UCL balls.

Alexis out on the training pitch

Alexis Sánchez, who was injured in the dying moments of Saturday's game against Sporting, did recovery work on the training pitch, whilst the other injured players -Abidal, Thiago, Afellay and Villa continued working on their own recovery programmes.

Tuesday

The schedule for Tuesday, as the team continues preparation for the game against Bayer, is as follows:

- 15.00: Press conference by Robin Dutt and a Bayer player at the Hotel Juan Carlos I
- 17.15: Bayer Leverkusen training session at the Camp Nou. First quarter of an hour open to the media.
- 17.45: Press conference by  Pep Guardiola and Sergio Busquets in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room
- 18.45 : FC Barcelona training session at the Camp Nou. First quarter of an hour open to the media.al Camp Nou.