Ernesto Valverde almost has full squad back with him. Ten more members of the first team were back on the training field on Friday evening after taking their medicals earlier on in the day.

European Internationals Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Denis Suárez, Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti were all at the Ciutat Esportiva, as were the quartet who had attended the Rakuten presentation in Japan: Gerard Piqué, Neymar Jr, Leo Messi and Arda Turan.

The fourth workout under Valverde was therefore the first of the preseason to include all three of the famous trident, and also featured the five players from Barça B that have been exercising with the first team this week..

The team will be straight back at it at 9.30am sharp on Saturday morning. It’s another double-header, with a second session scheduled for 6.30pm CET later in the day.

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