Most of the first team will be reporting back for duty on Saturday evening | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Christmas doesn’t last forever, and from this Saturday onwards, the FC Barcelona players will be hard back at work as they begin preparations for the first game of 2018, the Copa del Rey trip to Celta on Thursday 4 January at 7.00pm CET.

Since ending the year with a fantastic win at the Santiago Bernabéu, Ernesto Valverde and his squad have been getting some well-earned rest with their families, but they are due back at the Ciutat Esportiva at 6.00pm CET on December 30.

After travelling home to South America for the holidays, Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Javier Mascherano have been given special permission not to return until January 2.

The annual open-doors training session in the Miniestadi is on January 5 this year, but please note that there are no longer any tickets available for the event.

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