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FC Barcelona News: 23 July 2012; Carles Puyol Returns to Training, Doctor Says Eric Abidal Could Play Again

Slowly but surely the injured players are returning.
Slowly but surely the injured players are returning.

Carles Puyol back in training | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol was back in training on schedule this morning, returning after a two month layoff following his knee operation in May. The captain trained apart from the rest of the squad in the group’s penultimate session before they fly out to Germany on Tuesday for their first pre-season friendly against Hamburg.

Barcelona ready to open contract talks with Puyol - report -
Barcelona are determined to retain Carles Puyol's services beyond the 2012-13 campaign, and are set to open contract talks with the Spain international in the upcoming days, Sport reports.

Abidal could play again, says doctor Garcia-Valdecasas -
"If he will play again? I do not rule anything out, but it depends on his capacity," Garcia-Valdecasas told TV3. "What is normal is that non-sportsmen return to work after three to six months, sometimes after a year. And you have to give that amount of time to everyone.

Dani Alves: Messi cannot be compared to anyone -
"You cannot compare Messi to anybody at the moment," the Brazil international stated at a press conference, before hinting that he would like to see Santos star Neymar join Barca. "I would like to share a dressing room with both Messi and Neymar."

AC Milan still owe Barcelona €8m for Ibrahimovic -
The club's end-of-year financial report was presented by Faus on Friday, and it was revealed during a question and answer session that despite Ibrahimovic's recent move from Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, €8m of the transfer fee from the the striker's permanent move from Camp Nou to San Siro last summer is still outstanding.

Agostinho Cá's first training session with Barça B | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s newest additions, Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié, who signed their contracts with the Club this Friday, joined the team for this morning’s training session. This was Cá’s first contact with his new teammates but, Ié, who is still recovering from injury, watched the session from the sideline. Masip and Bañuz also returned to the reserve side after participating in the first-team’s session on Friday.

Valencia to sign Gago, Canales from Real Madrid: reports - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Canales, meanwhile, was loaned out to the Mestalla last season, making 11 appearances and scoring once despite suffering a knee ligament injury in the spring. The former Racing Santander midfielder is believed to make up eight million euros of the deal, with Gago comprising the other three-and-a-half.

Llorente returns to training - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Llorente, who has been linked with several top European clubs this summer, had been given an extended holiday after Spain’s European Championship win, for which he was an unused squad member. He is expected to feature in Athletic Club’s Europa League qualifying legs against Slask Wroclaw on August 2 and 9.

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