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

After enjoying a day off, FC Barcelona’s first team returned to work this Friday morning. All 19 first team players, with the exceptions of Abidal, Cuenca, Muniesa, Piqué, Thiago and Puyol, joined Tito Vilanova for this morning’s training session. Barça B’s Tello and Sergi Roberto also trained with the first team ahead of the Clásico this Sunday at the Camp Nou (19.50, GolT, Canal + Liga).

Piqué trains in the gym

Gerard Piqué worked out apart from the group in the gym. It’s worth noting that Vilanova has, as of today, three confirmed absences on defence ahead of the match against Real Madrid: Abidal, Muniesa and Puyol.

The next training session is scheduled for this Saturday at 18.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Tito Vilanova will hold a post-session press conference.

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