Puyol and Pique. Photo: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

The team got back to work today after Pep Guardiola had given the squad Wednesday off. The players met up at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on a rainy morning for the second to last session before playing host at the Camp Nou to Mallorca. The good news was that both Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué have been declared fully recovered from their respective injuries.

Two welcome returns 

That means Guardiola now has a lot less to worry about in defence, after having to make do without his captain for two league games against Sevilla and Granada due to his pubis area injury. Meanwhile, Piqué has been struggling with a hamstring injury sustained against Racing.

The only injured players are now Pedro, Ibrahim Afellay, and Alexis Sánchez. The Chilean is also well on the road to recovery and was able to join in on some of today’s training exercises.

Isaac Cuenca trains 

All 18 of the first team players were on the pitch today, and were joined by Isaac Cuenca, the youngster who started against Granada, and has been asked to continue training for Pep Guardiola.

The team will have a private training session against on Saturday morning in the Camp Nou at 11.30