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Barcelona midfield gem and defender did not train with the group on Thursday



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After Barcelona’s 5-3 loss to Arsenal in their pre-season friendly, the Catalans were back out on the pitch on Thursday to put in some more work before the next game, which is the highly-anticipated El Clasico.

Journalist Arnau Vineglas while reporting for Jijantes FC caught the players in training, and reported that defender Clement Lenglet and midfield star Gavi were training separately from the group in the session.

Gavi’s recovery work

While Xavi gave a run out to nearly every single player on the roster in the opening pre-season game against the Gunners, Gavi, alongside Inigo Martinez and Lenglet did not feature on the night.

The Golden Boy winner has been suffering from some back discomfort, which is why he wasn’t on the pitch, Xavi said after the match.

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Waiting to return. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

The youngster will be keen to catch a break and be back in action soon, after the whole squad missed out on the game against Juventus due to a bout of gastroenteritis.

He is, however, expected to be fit for the Clasico in just over a day’s time.

Despite his young age, the Spaniard has fast become an indispensable part of Xavi’s side with his technical quality and tenacity to boot, and his swift return will be crucial.

Lenglet sidelined

Xavi also mentioned that Clement Lenglet was suffering from discomfort, which is why he did not feature against Arsenal.

After returning from his loan stint at Tottenham Hotspur, the Frenchman has been put on the market as Barcelona continue to try and raise funds.

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Headed for the exit doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The club have been trying to accelerate the central defender’s departure, and there have been talks with Tottenham to finalize a permanent transfer.

However, his wages and Barcelona’s valuation of the 28-year-old have slowed the process down.

Even though Lenglet has travelled with the team to the United States, previous reports stated that he will not be involved in action even after he recovers from his discomfort as the club are trying to finalise his exit.

There have also been talks about a move to the Ligue 1, but it remains to be seen where he ends up.

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