17 picked to face Ceuta
Edgar Fornós / Jordi Clos
17 players have been picked for the cup second leg. Twelve are from the first team and five from the reserves.
In order of shirt number, the players are Valdés, Puyol, Bojan, Messi, Pinto, Mascherano, Keita,
Pedro, Milito, Maxwell, Adriano, Abidal, Nolito, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Bartra and Dos Santos.
Rest for seven
After a Monday session in which the Barça players recovered from the exertions of
the game away to Getafe, today’s training at Sant Joan Despí was more about the cup match on
Wednesday. Seven men were allowed the day off, namely Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets,
Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, David Villa and Leo Messi.
Seventeen on the field
Along absent from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper were Víctor Valdés
and Gerard Piqué, who worked out in the gym, meaning there were seventeen on the pitch, ten from
the first team and six from Barça B. But one of these, the injured Jeffren Suárez, worked in
isolation with a fitness coach.
The six reserve players were Jordi Masip, Marc Bartra, Thiago Alcántara, Sergi
Roberto, Dos Santos and Nolito. Five of these already trained with the first team on Monday, but
this time Rubén Miño was replaced by Masip.
They started work at 11.00 and the session was entirely focused on the Copa del Rey encounter
with Ceuta at the Camp Nou on Wednesday (22.00).