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Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona for pre-season training

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The captain has gone back to work

FC Barcelona Players Arrive For Training Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona on Monday to start pre-season training under new manager Ronald Koeman.

It’s the first time the captain has been back at the club since informing the Catalan giants he wanted to leave. He stayed away last week and missed the start of pre-season.

However, Messi is now back, arriving early, ahead of Monday’s late session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

The captain is expected to train alone for the first few days, because of Covid-19 protocols, but will then link up with his team-mates again.

Barcelona play their first pre-season friendly on Saturday against Nastic at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.