Messi and Alves back in training
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves will return to training with FC Barcelona on Saturday after enjoying a holiday having competed in the World Cup Finals in South Africa. The duo will undergo the usual series of pre-season fitness tests.
Coach Pep Guardiola will be delighted to have two more of his star names at his disposal as two
more of the nine players that appeared at the summer competition that saw Spain lift the trophy.
Messi and Alves will both be included in the Barça squad for
the trip to South Korea and China in August
Messi and Alves have had 27 and 28 days holiday respectively with the
Brazilian’s vacation starting when his country were knocked out of the World Cup thanks to a
2-1 defeat by the Netherlands at the quarter final stage and Argentina followed them out at the
same time when being beaten 4-0 by Germany.
With the two players back in training Barça will now have three of their stars back after
Éric Abidal returned on Monday. Now the club are just waiting for the eight players that were part
of the Spain squad to make their comeback.