Luis Enrique and Aleix Vidal / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After the second group of players reported back to work after their summer break, Luis Enrique was able to work on Thursday morning with 23 players on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva. The players that featured in the Copa America (Dani Alves, Neymar Jr, Bravo, Mascherano and Messi), plus Ter Stegen who was involved in the European U21 Championship, are the only members of the first team that are not back yet.

And it’s a special day for Sergio Busquets, who is 27 today, and the players all made a point of congratulating their colleague before getting down to work. Rafinha, who did separate exercises on Wednesday, was back with the rest of his team-mates this morning, while the first team players were also joined by Barça B’s Gumbau, Samper and José Suárez.

The team will meet for a second session later on in the day at 6.30pm CET as they get ready to fly out to the United States for the first three friendlies ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Here’s the schedule for what remains of the first week of the preseason (all times CET):

Thursday 16

6.30pm: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 17

9.30am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

6.30pm: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 18

Rest day

FC Barcelona training session: Luis Enrique... by fcbarcelona
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