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Rakitic undergoes medical testing. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

After a total of 16 players passed physicals on Monday, seven more players — Marc Bartra, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Aleix Vidal, Pedro Rodríguez and Ivan Rakitic — were back from vacation on Wednesday to undergo the same medical and fitness testing as their teammates. The latest group includes players who had national team commitments this summer following the June 6 Champions League Final.

The standard medical, cardiovascular, and strength testing began at 9.00am CET at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. At 6.30pm CET, the seven will take part in their first training session of the preseason.

Yet to return are Dani Alves, Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, and Claudio Bravo — who all took part in the Copa América this summer — as well as goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who played for Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.


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