The first team trained ahead of games with Espanyol and Celta. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

On Tuesday morning, the first team trained for the second time of the week on pitch 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, with the main focus being on Wednesday evening’s Catalan Super Cup match with Espanyol, although next weekend’s Liga clash with Luis Enrique’s former club Celta was also surely on many minds.

As on Monday, the injured Andrés Iniesta underwent physiotherapy, while Messi, Neymar, Vermaelen and Douglas also did specific exercises. But Adriano Correia was able to complete the session normally with the rest of the group, which included Munir from the reserve team.

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