It’s a slow news day. There’s no doubt about that. But here goes with what we know:
-There are 9 first team players back in training along with 4 Barça Atletic players. Messi returned today and should be fit and ready to go for the Athletic match on Saturday–whether that’s true about the others who aren’t back from international duty is definitely a big question. I suppose it will depend on how much playing time they get in tomorrow’s friendlies or World Cup qualifiers.
Those present today were: Valdés, Pinto, Bojan, Jeffren, Milito, Pedro, Maxwell, Márquez, and the aforementioned Messi. The four Atletic players were: Marc Bartra, Oriol Romeu, Nolito, and Jonathan dos Santos. Also present but training alone were Keita and Ibra, both of whom apparently did ball work along with their physical recovery training. Read MoreNews of the day: November 17, 2009