First team on holiday until January 2 / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Following a job well done with away victory at Valladolid, the FC Barcelona players are off on holiday. They have no further games until the weekend of January 5 and 5, and so from this Sunday they will be able to get some well earned rest until January 2, the day of the first training session of 2013. The squad are due back for an evening session staring at 18.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, apart from those that have been called up for duty with the Catalan national team, namely Valdés, Montoya, Piqué, Puyol, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Tello and Sergi Roberto, who be training at 11.00, also at the Ciutat Esportiva. Both sessions will be behind closed doors.

Derby to start

The ten-day break will end as the team start making preparations for the first game of the year, none other than the local derby with Espanyol (Sunday January 6 at 19.00). The first four kick off times of 2013 have all been announced already.

FCB v Espanyol
Sunday January 6 at 19.00 (Liga Match 18)

FCB v Cordoba
Thursday January 10 at 21.30 (Round of 16, Copa del Rey)

Malaga v FCB
Sunday January 13 at 21.00 (Liga Match 19)

Real Sociedad v FCB
Saturday January 19 at 18.00 (Liga Match 20)

Reserves back on December 30

The Barça B players are also on holiday after drawing against Girona (4-4) on Saturday. They are not due back at work until December 30 at 18.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva.

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