Messi, this morning. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Barça’s 2013/14 season is underway. The squad met at the Ciutat Esportiva for their pre-season medical checkups and tests. Fifteen players in all turned out: Afellay, Puyol, Cuenca, Pinto, Oier Olazabal, Montoya, Marc Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, S. Roberto, Dos Santos, Messi, Tello and Alexis.

The players first went through blood and urine tests before an echocardiogram, strength test, foot test, muscle and bone echo graphs a bone densitometer examination and a nutritional check up.

Double sessions from Tuesday

The team’s international players who have been on duty during the summer will be returning to training over the next few weeks.

From Tuesday, Tito Vilanova has programmed morning and evening sessions every day, beginning at 9.00 and 19.00, in order to avoid the midday heat.

Press conference set for Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, Tito Vilanova and Andoni Zubizarreta will hold a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva, which will be broadcast live on Barça TV and live streamed at www.fcbarcelona.com

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