SANT JOAN DESPI, Barcelona – Barcelona held a training session on Friday ahead of the Catalan side’s upcoming home La Liga clash against Real Betis.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and French defender Samuel Umtiti, who are expected to receive medical clearance Saturday, trained with the rest of the available first team players at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Barça’s training facility on the outskirts of Barcelona, in Catalonia’s rural Baix Llobregat county.
France forward Ousmane Dembele trained separately after missing Thursday’s practice as he suffered from a case of the flu.
Meanwhile, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho of Brazil was sidelined on Thursday for around two-three weeks due to a hamstring injury sustained in Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League draw with Inter Milan Tuesday.
Barcelona is to host Real Betis at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona Sunday.