BARCELONA – Lionel Messi joined this Wednesday with Philippe Coutinho in Barcelona’s group training sessions, exercising for the first time under Ronald Koeman with the rest of the squad (those available) after passing a second PCR test marked by the LaLiga health protocols.
The morning session also featured the presence of Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong, returned from their national teams’ matches, and Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal, whose departures are understood to be in the final stretch of the negotiations but not yet. they have materialized and remain in the normal dynamics of work with the Barça first team.
This Wednesday was Messi’s first training session in the company of the squad since August 13, the day before the Lisbon disaster, before he surprised the club with his request to leave the club through a burofax that led to a crisis that was closed with its reversal to announce its continuity during this season.
The Argentine star began his particular preseason on Monday afternoon, after passing the first PCR test during the weekend, exercising alone, as he did on Tuesday morning before undergoing a second test (which is why he did not exercised in the afternoon) and that after testing negative again allowed him to enter the normal work dynamics, in the same way that happened with Coutinho.
In this way, it would not be ruled out that Messi was in a position to take part in the premiere of Koeman’s Barça this coming Saturday, in the friendly scheduled at the Estadi Johan Cruyff against Nàstic de Tarragona in which it will be the first friendly of the preseason , just on the weekend that the League championship begins in which the Barça team will not enter the competition until the third day, on September 26.