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Barcelona will play a ‘training match’ to determine key trio’s fitness before PSG clash



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In a week, Barcelona will play one of their biggest matches of the season when they take on PSG in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

The game will be played away at Parc des Princes and as preparations for the big match get underway, Barça are sweating over the fitness of three of their key players.

Indeed, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, and Andreas Christensen are recovering from fitness issues and there are still some question marks over their availability against PSG, especially the former two.

Barcelona to play a training match this week

As such, Barcelona plan on playing a training match this weekend in order to assess the fitness level and the readiness of Pedri, De Jong, and Christensen for the PSG clash, reports Laia Tudel.

Christensen missed the last two matches. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Both Pedri and De Jong have been out for a little more than a month through injury. The Catalans are erring on the side of caution with the former given his injury history. As for the Dutchman, his recovery timeline puts him in the fray for PSG.

As reported recently, Barça expect the duo to resume team training this week and the plan is to test their fitness in an internal training match.

As for Christensen, he is dealing with an Achilles tendon discomfort from before the international break and has missed two games, although the expectation is that he will be ready to face PSG next week.

The training match, thus, will provide a good exercise for the three players to test themselves and their readiness for the high-profile encounter in a week.

It must be noted that Barcelona are not involved in any matches this weekend as La Liga takes a break due to the Copa del Rey final, paving the way for extra work sessions and the training match for the Catalans.

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