The squad will undergo a series of medical tests on the first day of pre-season training, including echocardiographs, electrocardiograms, strength and chiropody testing.
28 players called up by Josep Guardiola will report to the Ciutat Esportiva at 08.45 and begin their
medical tests at 09.00. The players will also travel to the club’s medical facilities at the
Nou Camp for some of the tests, including tests of weight and percentage of fats in the body.
Checks on hearts
The echocardiographs will be used to study the heart cavities and
functioning of the valves, whilst the hearts’ general performance will be assessed by the
electrocardiograms. The strength test will be used to check the overall fitness of the players and
how their hearts react to the effort.
Photos: FCB archive.
Once the afternoon session is complete, the squad will join the technical staff for supper at the
Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, an encounter which is set to be a regular feature of the first part
pre-season training .