Samper, Vermaelen begin to rejoin Barcelona group training
Thomas Vermaelen of Belgium celebrates after the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between England and Belgium in Kaliningrad, Russia, June 28, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/MARTIN DIVISEK ]
Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper poses during his presentation as Las Palmas player after Barcelona transferred him on a one-season loan in Las Palmas, Spain, Aug. 25, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/Elvira Urquijo A.
Barcelona, Jan 11 (EFE).- Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper and Belgian Thomas Vermaelen on Friday partly rejoined the team training in preparation for Barça's upcoming La Liga match against Eibar, the Spanish club announced.
Both players participated in some of the day's practice while still recovering from injuries that have kept them out of games.
"It was good to see Samper and Vermaelen undertaking part of the training with the group again," Barcelona said in a statement on its official website.
Samper's and Vermaelen's return, albeit limited, was good news for Barcelona, which Thursday lost the first leg of the Spanish Cup round of 16 in an upset to Levante 2-1.
The starters of Thursday's game did a recovery workout, while the rest of the team had a more intense training session.
Four Barcelona reserve team players, Iñaki Peña, Senegal's Moussa Wague, Oriol Busquets and Riqui Puig, were active in the training session.
Barcelona is set to resume training sessions Saturday, a day before taking on Eibar.
Barcelona leads the La Liga table with 40 points, five points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.