Injury boost, La Masia representatives & two other things noticed in Barca training
Barca players returned to work after a Copa del Rey defeat against Levante with the main news being Vermaelen and Samper's return from injury.
There is virtually no time to mull over Copa del Rey setback for Barcelona as the next game comes already on Sunday, this time in La Liga.
Barca players have trained normally on Friday morning with Ernesto Valverde taking charge of the session. Here is what we have spotted from the pictures taken on the training field.
1. The big guns are back to work
Five first team members who have been given a rest against Levante - Messi, Suarez, Pique, Rakitic and Jordi Alba - trained as normal and are expected to face Eibar on Sunday.
2. Injury boost
Sergi Samper and Thomas Vermaelen have both entered the final stages of their respective recoveries from injury as they already participate in team training.
3. Valverde continues working with youth
After starting both Miranda and Chumi against Levante, Ernesto Valverde has called up several other Barca B representatives to training. Barcelona report that Inaki Pena, Wague, Oriol Busquets and Riqui Puig all trained with the first team.
4. Good moods despite the defeat
The spirits are high in Barca camp and it looks like the players are ready to respond to the Copa del Rey setback in a right way in La Liga.