18 players will travel to Gijón on Sunday for a tricky match against Sporting, where Barcelona only drew last season (1-1). Seventeen members of the first team travel, following the injury to Cesc Fàbregas today Carles Puyol is also in the side after recovering from a rib injury sustained against Borisov midweek, plus Isaac Cuenca, of Barça B.

Four absentees

The injured Afellay, Alexis and Cesc are all put through injury, and although Andrés Iniesta did join today's training session, he is also left behind.

The players will travel to Asturias on Sunday at midday, arriving in Gijón around 11.45, eight hours before kickoff.

Special visit

There was a former Barça man watching today's session, Jeffren Suárez who is currently on the books of Sporting Lisbon. He greeted the players who were his team mates until just a few months ago and spoke to several of them at length.

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