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Leo Messi during training on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

The FC Barcelona first team returned to training on Monday after three days rest and began with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the recent attacks in the French capital Paris. The session included Leo Messi, who is recovering from the knee injury sustained on 26 September, and Ivan Rakitic who picked up a calf injury on 4 November.

As well as the Argentinian and Croatian, goalkeeper Marc André ter Stegen also trained after missing last week sessions due to dental surgery.

This was the first session of a week of preparations for the Clásico which takes place this Saturday (6.15pm CET) and sees first and second in the league meet at the Santiago Bernabéu.


Leo Messi, Rakitic and Ter Stegen in training by fcbarcelona

Next training session on Tuesday

The next session for the first team squad is planned for Tuesday at 11.00am CET and is scheduled to take place once again without the presence of those players away on international duty

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