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FC Barcelona News: 7 April 2015; Thomas Vermaelen Continues to Train as Preparations Continue for Almeria Match

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Training with an eye on Almeria | FC Barcelona
All of the available players were present, including Munir from the reserve team, while Thomas Vermaelen was also able to join in with some of the exercises. Jordi Alba did recovery work in a separate part of the field. The squad to face Almeria will be announced on Wednesday morning.

Messi injury 'not easing' | Revista de la Liga | Sky Sports
Messi picked up the injury after Barcelona’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash against Manchester City last month, and did not feature in Argentina’s friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador last week. But with Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga only four points, Balague says Messi will still be played while the injury does not affect his performance.

Barcelona edge closer to La Liga title and possibly a treble - ESPN FC
Despite delivering one of the poorest performances of the season, Barcelona achieved a narrow 1-0 win against Celta in Vigo. While the Blaugranas' main target to maintain their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga was achieved, Luis Enrique must get to work as a matter of urgency to ensure his team recovers the momentum they appear to have lost during the international break.

Neymar’s Alarming Second Half Slump. | Forza Futbol
Last season, I discussed the difficult challenge that awaited Neymar during the second half of his debut season for Barça. History has shown us that most recent Barça transfers have sizzled in the first half of the season only to fizzle in the ensuing second half. Sadly, history repeated itself when Neymar joined the likes of Ibrahimovic and Cesc in disappearing in the second half of the season.

Vermaelen set for Barcelona debut - Inside Spanish Football
All available players were on hand, with the inclusion of Thomas Vermaelen, who is in the final stages of recovery from surgery that has kept him out for the past four months, from an injurt suffered at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Vermaelen’s return to fitness could mean that the former Arsenal captain is ready to work into the rotation with Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu and Marc Bartra and could mean that we will finally see the defender make his debut against Almeria on Wednesday.

Barcelona icon Carles Puyol to make shock return in USA or Qatar - reports | Eurosport
It is reported he already has an offer from Colorado Rapids on the table and has also received proposals from Qatar, although it is claimed he would prefer a move to America. Puyol’s last game for Barca was in March 2014 against Almeria and he began this season working for the club behind the scenes with Andoni Zubizarreta.

No offer to Carles Puyol from Colorado Rapids, source says - The Denver Post
The Rapids have not extended an offer to former FC Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, an MLS source told The Denver Post on Monday. A Rapids spokesman declined to comment. The Barcelona-based publication "Sport" said Puyol had offers from the Rapids and from a soccer league in Qatar.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona harder to stop than Cristiano Ronaldo - Miranda - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda has said maintaining defensive shape is the key to stopping Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo -- but that it is more difficult to cope with Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo, who endured a frustrating start to 2015, showed he had not lost his goal scoring touch when he scored five times in a 9-1 hammering of Granada at the weekend.