Messi, Pique, Busquets and Alba begin their pre-season

Ernesto Valverde is recovering his international players day by day, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen joining the US tour on Monday, and Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba passing their medical tests in Barcelona early on Tuesday.

In the afternoon, the quartet will participate in their first training session of the new season.

All four players ended the World Cup with a bitter taste, but have since enjoyed a month’s holiday.

Their objective now is to be in the best possible condition for the first serious test of the season: the Spanish Super Cup on August 12.

The rest of the team, meanwhile, will not return to Barcelona until Monday of next week, once their tour of the United States is complete.

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