Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Messi, Neymar and Suarez given 3 days break by Barcelona

Barcelona's key first-team players including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - have been given a three-day break following their exertions in the last-gasp win at Valencia on Saturday.
Barcalona are not in first-team action this week, although a squad of fringe players and B team regulars has been named for Tuesday's Catalunya Supercup clash with Espanyol.

And Luis Enrique has decided to give his key players a well-deserved break with Messi, Suarez and Neymar not expected back in training until Thursday, alongside Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Digne, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti.

Nine of the 10 started the 3-2 victory at Mestalla - Rakitic came on as a 14th-minute substitute for the injured Andres Iniesta - and played a part in the comeback that saw the defending LaLiga champions snatch an injury-time triumph thanks to a Messi spot-kick.

Arda Turan has been included in the group to face Espanyol after overcoming an elbow injury but Aleix Vidal misses out after damaging his right adductor in training on Monday.