Nine Barça players back at work

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Jorge Pautasso took charge of a session without the internationals and following a two-day break

Carles Puyol worked out alone and Sergio Busquets did physiotherapy as part of his revovery programme

The players have had a two-day break since winning in Valencia to continue their one hundred per cent record this season, while eleven internationals are off representing their countries. Nine players exercised today under Jorge Pautasso, who for the first session of this unusual week replaced Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. The manager has returned to Argentina to sort out a few outstanding personal issues.

It all meant that Pinto, Oier, Piqué, Mascherano, Dos Santos, Tello, Montoya, Bartra and Adriano were the only first team members present on Wednesday morning.

Puyol and Busquets recovering

Carles Puyol continued with his recovery programme following his operation at the start of the summer, while Sergio Busquets did physiotherapy on the thigh injury sustained against Valencia and that has prevented him from travelling to join the Spain squad.

The players will train again at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Thursday at 10.00 am.