Messi and Thiago. FOTO: FCB.

The team returned to work on Tuesday morning. As has been the case for the last few days, they have done so with limited resources. The situation will change on Wednesday when the international stars are due back and there will be the first full training session for several days in the early evening at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Guardiola will hold four training sessions (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) as he prepares for the match with Racing Santander. Thursday will also be a late session, while on Friday and Saturday they will switch to a morning start. All of these will be in Sant Joan Despí, apart from the final session, which will be at the Camp Nou.

Barça play Racing at home on Saturday at 20.00. The defending champions, who are missing the injured Afellay and Alexis, will be defending their leadership against one of the teams that are currently in the relegation zone. The day after, the squad will enjoy a day off.