B team defenders feature in training
Marc Guillén / Vanessa Forns
Barça had their second to last training session on Friday before playing Vila-real. They were joined by four reserves, including Bartra and Fontàs, who Guardiola may use to cover the gaps in defence.
The focus is still Saturday’s league game at the Camp Nou with Vila-real. Today’s
session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper started behind closed doors at 11.00 am, and the 17
participants included four from the side coached by Luis Enrique.
Piqué and Adriano with group
The only players missing were the injured Milito, and Pinto with special
permission to be absent. Jeffren is still recovering from injury, but did join in with all of the
Piqué, who is suspended tomorrow, and worked out alone in the gym yesterday, trained normally
today, as did Adriano, who has made a quick recovery from gastroenteritis.
The four Barça B players at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper today were
goalkeeper Rubén Miño, Thiago Alcántara, Marc Bartra and Andreu Fontàs. Considering
Guardiola’s defensive woes against Vila-real, with an injured Milito and suspended Piqué,
meaning he only has 16 first team players available, the manager is likely to draw on the B team
for centre back cover.
Final training, Saturday at 12.00
The usual warm-up drills were followed by some gentle fitness training. As usual on
match days, the squad will train again on the morning of the match at midday, which this time will
be behind closed doors at the Camp Nou at 12.00.