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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Iniesta and Coutinho likely to feature in the Copa del Rey

With injuries having kept both Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona action of late, the pair have proved their fitness and are likely to feature in the Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol on Thursday.
Javier Mascherano joined the duo in returning to training for Monday's session, however, it's expected his departure to Hebei Fortune will accelerate in the coming days.
With Coutinho still yet to make his debut, the club's record signing is eager to make an impact, just as supporters are excited about the prospect of seeing the midfielder for the first time.
A thigh injury has kept him on the sidelines since leaving Liverpool, butt the fact he participated in Monday's session fully suggests he is in Ernesto Valverde's thinking ahead of the derby.
There were also opportunities for several of the club's promising youngsters to train with their senior counterparts as Carles Alena, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Dani Morer, Samu Araujo, Martin Hongla and Inaki Pena all were put through their paces.