Barcelona have been given yet another boost as Samuel Umtiti returned to training on Tuesday.
The France international has been out of action since the start of December when he picked up a hamstring problem against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona originally ruled Umtiti out for eight weeks, but it looks as though he might be ahead of schedule with his recovery.
⚽ Així ha anat l'entrenament d'aquest dimarts a la Ciutat Esportiva, amb novetats i un convidat d'excepció https://t.co/APiDkCtIpu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 9, 2018
Also in training were Barcelona B duo Carles Alena and Jose Arnaiz, with both players bidding to feature in Thursday’s Copa del Rey second leg against Celta.
Thomas Vermaelen and Jordi Alba both trained separately, so it’s possible they won’t be risked on Thursday, while Paco Alcacer is said to be making good progress with his recovery from injury.