On Friday Barça completed their final training session ahead of their away game at Sporting Gijón in week 6 of La Liga. The available first team squad worked out together at the Ciutat Esportiva together with B team players Marlon Santos and Jesús Alfaro. Once the session was over, the squad list was released for the trip to Asturias with Rafinha included after the Brazilian had been left out in midweek against Atlético Madrid.

Luis Enrique will be without the injured Samuel Umtiti, the Frenchman has a knee problem, and Leo Messi who injured his groin in the 1-1 draw in midweek against Diego Simeone’s team. Aleix Vidal and Jordi Masip will also not make the trip north with the full squad as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Mathieu.

The team travel to Gijón on Friday for the game against Sporting which kicks off on Saturday at 4.15pm CET. 

Visit from Arnie

Prior to training, the squad received an illustrious visit. The actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Barcelona as part of his Arnold Classic Europe project and he took the chance to visit the Ciutat Esportiva and have his photograph taken with the majority of the players before they got to work. 

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