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The preparations for the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup continued here in Barcelona on Wednesday morning. Belarus international Alexander Hleb rejoined the main group after missing the last few sessions with a foot injury.
Some 30 players were able to take a full part in the training session on Wednesday morning –
21 from the senior squad and 9 from the reserves. Meanwhile, number two goalkeeper José Manuel
Pinto continued his recovery from injury separately from the main group.
Hleb back in training
Belarus international Alexander Hleb, who has been exercising
recently in the gym due to a problem with his right foot, was able to rejoin the rest of his
team-mates this morning. This means that manager Pep Guardiola now has 21 players from the senior
squad available for next Saturday’s second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Pinto not fully fit
However, José Manuel Pinto has still not made a full recovery
from his muscle injury and worked separately from the rest of the players under the watchful eyes
of one of the Club’s fitness coaches.
The session consisted of the usual ball control exercises followed by a number of circuits to
improve strength and stamina.
9 from Barça B
As occurred on Monday and Tuesday, the senior players were joined
by a large group of youngsters from the reserve squad. This morning, goalkeeper Jordi Masip was
added to the by now familiar faces of Miño, Oier, Fontàs, Sergi Gomez, Oriol Romeu, Jonathan dos
Santos, Thiago and Victor Vazquez.