Barcelona have received a fitness boost ahead of their first game of 2024 with Inigo Martinez back in training after injury.
The center-back has been out with a hamstring injury for just over a month now but is close to a comeback. He did part of the session on Tuesday as he steps up his recovery.
Martinez’s return will be a boost for Xavi who will be hoping for an upturn in form from his team at the start of 2024.
Defense has been a particular issue for the defending champions, with the team having already conceded more goals than in the entirety of last season in La Liga.
Martinez had been in good form before being sidelined, and his return will offer Xavi another option in defense going forwards.
Barca have a pretty hectic schedule in January, with games in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup to contend with.