Guardiola greets Xavi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After spending nearly a week on holiday with their families, the first team returned to work this Thursday afternoon. In the first training session after the Christmas break, Pep Guardiola worked with 15 first team players and four Barça B players – Cuenca, Muniesa, Sergi Roberto and Montoya.

One of the absentees was Maxwell, who is in Barcelona, but had permission to miss today’s session for personal reasons. The Brazilian fullback’s house was burglarized over the holiday.

Focused on the Cup

The Barça players returned to work fully focused on their last-16 Cup clash against Osasuna, which will take place on the 4th of January at the Camp Nou (22.00 hrs). Alexis Sánchez was the only player to work apart from the group, while Iniesta, who was injured in the Cup game against Hospitalet, worked out in the gym.

Leo Messi and Dani Alves will join the team in a few days. The Brazilian will return to Barcelona on the 31st of December and Messi will follow suit on the 2nd of January.

Double session on Friday

Barça will train again on Friday in a double session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The first session will be at 10.30 in the morning and the second will start at 17.30. Both will be closed-door training sessions.

The last training session of 2011 will be on Saturday. It will start at 10.00, the first 15 minutes will be open to the press. Thiago will attend the post-training press conference.

Double visit

The FCB Escola trainers, who are leading the Christmas Football Campus for youngsters, didn’t want to miss out on the first team’s training session this afternoon. David Trueba, Pep Guardiola’s friend, was also present at today’s session.

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