José Manuel Pinto. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ (FCB).

A day before the Copa del Rey gets under way for Barça, the team worked out at Sant Joan Despí with thirteen first team players (Valdés, Pinto, Puyol, Piqué, Fontàs, Maxwell, Abidal, Xavi, Iniesta, Keita, Busquets, Cesc and Villa) and five from the B team (Deulofeu, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Tello and Sergi Roberto).

Guardiola is having to make do without Alves, Adriano, Mascherano, Messi, Alexis, Thiago and Cuenca, who are on international duty, and the injured Pedro and Afellay.

Applause for Pinto

The session was held behind closed doors on pitch number 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It started with a round of applause for goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto, who is 36 today.

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