Josep Guardiola has called up all 18 available first team squad players for the trip to Gijon tomorrow, with Puyol and Jeffren both missing as they recover from their injuries.
Photos: Miguel Ruiz-FCB.
After all the internationals returned from their midweek commitments for training on Thursday,
Guardiola again put the players through their paces this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan
Gamper. All 18 available players trained and they will all make the trip to Asturias to face
Sporting on Saturday night.
Two injury absentees
Puyol and Jeffren both continued with their treatment and worked out in
the gym and Guardiola decided not to call up any youth or B team players, preferring to work with
the 18 players he’ll be taking to Gijon.
Focussed on Sporting
This morning’s was a session mainly focussing on tactics, with
physical work on pitch number 1 followed by more tactical work on pitch number 2 as the squad
prepared for the week 23 game against Sporting (Saturday at 20.00).
Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids, who played with the first team in the 2003/04 season,
visited the session
and spoke to Guardiola before training began, as well as chatting with various players,
such as Victor Valdes.
Trip to Gijon
The squad will travel to Gijon tomorrow, leaving the Nou Camp at 9.30 and flying out of El
Prat at 10.15, arriving in Gijon at 11.45.