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FC Barcelona News: 14 August 2019; Lionel Messi Continues to Train Separately, Frenkie de Jong Trains Fully

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Messi in race against time for La Liga opener | ESPN
Lionel Messi is in a race against time to be fit for Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday. Messi trained alone on Wednesday, working with fitness coach Juanjo Brau as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Todibo and De Jong back at training | FC Barcelona
The second workout after returning to Barcelona brought pleasant news with Jean-Clair Todibo and Frenkie de Jong back with the boys after exercising alone on Tuesday. Scorching heat is par for the course in Catalonia at this time of year, and there was burning sunshine above the Tito Vilanova field as Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz of Barça B joined the senior squad for today’s session.

Sources: PSG irked after Barca chat over Neymar | ESPN
Paris Saint-Germain are unhappy with the way their first direct meeting with Barcelona went on Tuesday regarding the potential return of Neymar to Camp Nou, sources have told ESPN FC. Despite numerous exchanges over the valuations of multiple players, there was no breakthrough, although the French champions have made clear to their Catalan counterparts what they will and will not accept.

Neymar returns to training with Paris Saint-Germain this morning | Sport
This Wednesday morning Neymar returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain as speculation continues to surround his future. Thomas Tuchel gave his players a day off and Neymar used that to head to Portugal for a concert. However, he didn’t ignore his responsibilities and lined up alongside his teammates for today’s training session.

FC Barcelona had another visit from the anti-doping agency today | Sport
FC Barcelona had a not-so-friendly visit this Wednesday morning from the Anti-Doping Agency. They chose eight players to undergo testing before the LaLiga opener against Athletic Club. Those eight were Ter Stegen, Piqué, Iván Rakitic, Todibo, Messi, Sergi Roberto, Junior and Carles Pérez.