Xavi during today's training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pep Guardiola has started the process of preparing his team for the upcoming League clash with Sporting this Saturday at the Camp Nou. After two days off, most of the players that were with their respective national sides trained today at the Ciutat Esportiva. In total, 14 first-team players, Valdés, Pinto, Keita, Pedro, Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Puyol, Busquets, Cesc, Cuenca, Xavi, Iniesta and Adriano, trained together as a group. The Barça B players Tello and Muniesa were also present.

Four absences

Thiago and Abidal, both injured this week with their national teams, didn’t train with the group. Leo Messi, suspended for the Sporting match, was also absent and has off until Monday.

Alexis, who played with Chile this morning, will join the team for tomorrow’s training session.

Friday afternoon, training session

The team will retrun to training tomorrow afternoon. The session will start at 18:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Guardiola woll hold a post-training session press conference.

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