Messi was among the players that trained today. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

[[DES_1]]After a day off following the Gamper match, Luis Enrique Martínez and his team were back at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí this morning to continue preparations for the Liga opener on Sunday (9.00 PM CET) at the Camp Nou against Elche. The session involved 24 players and four from Barça B (Munir, Samper, Sandro and Grimaldo). There will be no evening session today.

Canary Islander Pedro Rodríguez, with gastroenteritis, was absent, while Marc-André Ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen continued recovering from their respective injuries by doing specific fitness exercises.

The first team will train again on Thursday morning at 10.30 AM CET.

Referee visits players

The players were joined before the session by Catalan referee Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo, who gave them a half-hour prep talk ahead of the coming season. Following their annual meeting in Santander, it is routine procedure in Spain for referees to visit all clubs in the top two flight clubs to explain any changes to the rules or the way they are to be implemented over the forthcoming season.

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