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Coach Ernesto Valverde is gradually getting his men back together at the Ciutat Esportiva. On Thursday another eight players returned to training for the morning session; Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Deulofeu after World Cup qualifiers with Spain, Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano after with Argentina and Arda Turan with Turkey.

The latter trained aside from the rest of the squad doing some specific work as he has a thigh strain and his recovery will determine his return. The majority of the squad continued their preparations for Saturday’s Catalan derby against Espanyol at Camp Nou (8.45pm CET kick off). The squad will train again on Friday at 6.00pm CET in their last session before their third league game of the 2017/18 campaign. 

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