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FC Barcelona News: 3 January 2018; Full Squad Back in Training, Ousmane Dembélé Given Medical Clearance

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Messi, Suárez and Mascherano return to training | FC Barcelona
Tuesday evening saw the opening training session of 2018, and the first one after the Christmas holidays with all players available after Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Javier Mascherano all returned. Ernesto Valverde continued with the preparations for Thursday’s game on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva. Barça B players Carles Aleñá and Jose Arnaiz also joined the group.

Ousmane Dembélé receives medical discharge | FC Barcelona
The return of Ousmane Dembélé to the pitch is getting closer. In fact, on Tuesday he received medical discharge from the Club's Medical Services and, therefore, Ernesto Valverde can already count on him. The 20-year-old will be able to play again, three and a half months after the rupture of the tendon of the femoral biceps in his left thigh, an injury that occurred against Getafe on September 16.

Guillem Balague gives update on Coutinho's Liverpool future | HITC
Barcelona's interest in Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho is no secret and pundit Guillem Balague says it is only a matter of time before they make an offer. The Spanish football expert took to Twitter to offer an update, claiming that Coutinho is 'trying hard' to secure a move to Barcelona.

Where and when to watch Celta-FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Football returns after the Christmas break and Barça will face Celta Vigo in the opening game of 2018, the Copa del Rey Round of 16 First Leg tie. The Blaugrana visit Balaídos this Thursday, January 4, in a match that will take kick-off at 7.00pm CET and will be shown on beIN Sports.

The first objective of 2018: Start with a win | FC Barcelona
The first game of the year and a first victory. That’s what FC Barcelona want to achieve against Celta, at Balaídos, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie. A win that, besides handing the advantage to Barça, would break a streak of three years without a win in the opening match.

Umtiti meets with City - report | Football Espana
The French central defender has a €60m release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou and a report in L’Equipe outlines how he met with officials of the Premier League leaders. Sources close to the player state he wants to have time to reflect on the situation and not rush into any decision, which would not be expected until the summer at the earliest.

Everton offered Arda Turan? | SportsMole
Everton have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Barcelona outcast Arda Turan this month. The 30-year-old winger is expected to depart Camp Nou this month after a first half of the season in which he has failed to play a single minute of competitive action for the club.

Rondo around the world | FC Barcelona
So much so that it was even given a name. But although the term ‘tiki-taka’ was only coined about a decade ago, the philosophy behind it goes back to the days of Johan Cruyff and his illustrious partner Charly Rexach, with their basic premise that “if you have the ball then your opponents don’t.”