Messi, Mascherano and Alves trained on Friday evening at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

While most of the squad were flying to Finland for Saturday’s friendly with HJK Helsinki, the activity still continued at the Ciutat Esportiva, where Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves continued training normally. The trio only just got back to work this week, and the coaching staff decided it would better for them to stay in Barcelona and work on their fitness.

Xavi Hernández and Neymar also stayed behind to work on recovery from their respective injuries. The captain is still having trouble with his left thigh, while the Brazilian is still working to recover from the back injury suffered at the World Cup.

There will be more training on Saturday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva for all of the players that didn’t travel to Finland. The session will be held behind closed doors.


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