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12.09.2008 11:51

Márquez returns to training

Edgar Fornós

Pep Guardiola split his FC Barcelona squad into two groups on Friday for training with 13 players, including Rafa Márquez, exercising on the pitch in front of La Masia while the rest all worked in the club's gymnasium.

120908entrenament_x2x.jpgWith the first home game of the new season approaching, the Barça stars are slowly returning from international duty and Guardiola believes that some needed more specific training than others. Andrés Iniesta, Samuel Eto'o, Seydou Keita, Aliaksandr Hleb, Thierry Henry and Eidur Gudjohnsen spent the morning in the gym, while the rest all played outside. Márquez's return to the club was the main news of the session after the Mexican returned having helped his country to beat Canada in midweek.
Fog stops Cáceres

120908entrenament.jpgThe only player that has been away on international duty that is still not back is Uruguayan Martín Cáceres. Fog meant that the plane bringing Cáceres to Barcelona could not leave and he is now expected to arrive back in the Ciutat Contal on Saturday. The Uruguayan Football Federation announced that the 12 players that play in Europe would be returning late.

Lionel Messi flew back into Catalunya on Friday morning and went straight to the ground, but the Argentinian will not return to training until the afternoon session.

Márquez returns to training
Second session
After training on Friday afternoon (6.30pm) Pep Guardiola is expected to speak to the press and reveal the squad for the club's first home game of the new season against Racing Santander.

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