Abidal in training. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Following the 2-2 draw in Bilbao last night, the squad, minus the internationals who have been called up already, began preparations for Wednesday's Cup tie against Hospitalet. Guardiola also received the good news that Keita and Abidal wouldn't have to join up with their national teams until Thursday and will thus be available for the game.

France will play a friendly against USA in Saint-Leu-La-Forêt on Friday, whilst on the same day, Mali play Burkina Faso in Paris in another friendly.

First absentees

Along with the injured Afellay and Pedro, Adriano and Alves, away with Brazil, and Cuenca and Thiago, who are with the Spanish Under-21 team, also missed training.

The players who figured against Bilbao, with the exception of Abidal, chose to work out in the gym this morning, whilst the rest were on the Ciutat Esportiva training pitch with B team players Dos Santos, Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Tello and Miño.

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