Vermaelen and Pedro, on the pitch at Ciutat Esportiva. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

This Friday, Thomas Vermaelen begun to work on the pitch, though separately from the main group. It’s the first time the Belgian has been able to do this since sustaining a hamstring injury. Pedro was also present, but is still not fully recovered from gastroenteritis and is thus doubtful for the game on Sunday at home to Elche (9 PM CET).

Ter Stegen also carried on with his recovery work, while the main group included four players from Barça B, namely Munir, Sandro, Samper and Adama. Brazilian Adriano Correia joined them for part of the session, but Neymar Jr was missing with a sprained left ankle.

The next first team training session will be on Saturday at 10.30 AM CET at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, after which manager Luis Enrique will be giving a press conference.

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