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FC Barcelona News: 23 August 2019; Lionel Messi Back in Training, Oriol Busquets Set for FC Twente

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Lionel Messi is back for Barça and ready to face Real Betis on Sunday | Sport
Lionel Messi has finished the recovery from his calf injury and is now training at full intensity alongside his teammates ahead of the match against Real Betis on Sunday. Despite the remarkable progress from Leo, Valverde still hasn’t decided whether he should start the match or begin on the bench.

Penultimate session before Betis game | FC Barcelona
After a day off on Thursday, the FC Barcelona squad were back in training on Friday with an early session. The players took to the Tito Vilanova training pitch for a morning workout with almost every available player present. Rafinha would miss the session through gastroenteritis. Joining the first team players were Iñaki Peña, Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz of Barça B, and Ansu Fati from the Under-19s A side.

Everything you need to know about Barça v Betis | FC Barcelona
League competition returns to the Camp Nou. On Sunday, August 25, Barça will face Betis (9.00pm CEST). Ernesto Valverde’s side will look for the three points against a team that has several ex-Barça players in their ranks. Below is everything you need to know about the game.

Sources: Barca consider Neymar-Dembele swap | ESPN
Barcelona will return with a third offer for Neymar and are weighing up including Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight in an attempt to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell, sources have told ESPN FC. Barca have already seen two bids turned down for Neymar, who left the club for France in a world record €222 million transfer in 2017.

Barcelona dressing room livid with Bartomeu over Neymar situation | Marca
In what has become the transfer saga of the summer, Neymar’s future looks no closer to being resolved as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all continue to try and posture to get the best possible outcome for themselves, yet key figures in the Blaugrana dressing room have been left furious with Josep Maria Bartomeu over his offer for the forward.

Busquets is heading to FC Twente; Miranda close to joining Schalke 04 | Sport
There’s been no rush from FC Barcelona when it comes to finalising the futures of Juan Miranda and Oriol Busquets. It was important not to make any mistakes for two players who, despite not being ready for the first team at Barça, are considered key parts of the club’s future. Both are expected to complete loan deals in order to gain more experience in competitive football.

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