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20.05.2009 18:52

Wednesday training with Rome in mind

Marc Guillén / Vanessa Forns

The senior squad were back in training on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s match against Osasuna but with next week’s CL final very much in mind.

After a two-day break, the players were back on the training ground today to begin preparations for next Wednesday’s match against Manchester United.

20-05-09_WEB_BOJAN_01.jpgBefore then, they have the last league match of the season against Osasuna on Saturday in the Camp Nou. Then the players will get the chance to parade the league and Cup trophies in front of the fans in what is sure to be a fantastic celebration. Guardiola has already announced that he will be resting a good number of first team players to keep them fresh for the showdown in Rome.

18 from the senior squad; 6 from Barça Atlètic

20-05-09_WEB_EQUIPO_02.jpgA total of 22 players reported for training, 18 from the first team and 6 from Barça Atlètic –Xavi Torres, Jeffren, Abraham, Espasandín, Botía and Oier–. Pinto, who did not travel to Majorca with the rest of the squad due to an ankle problem, was able to take a full part in training. Not so Gudjohnsen, who sat out the session because of a bruised right foot.

Iniesta and Henry

Apart from long-term injury victims Márquez, Jorquera and Milito, Thierry Henry and Andrés Iniesta were also missing from the session as they are continuing with their individual recuperation programmes. Both players hope to be ready in time to face Manchester United.
Wednesday training with Rome in mind
Official match ball
Another sign that the players are very much focussed on the Rome final is the fact that they trained today with the same official match ball that will be used next Wednesday. On this occasion it is decorated with a red star.

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