Defender Alves back to Barcelona training

Barcelona, Oct 16 (IANS) Brazilian defender Dani Alves was the latest international footballer to join the Barcelona group in the final training session ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash against Rayo Vallecano in round eight of the competition.

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique Martinez has prepared for the match with all players available, in addition to Barcelona B player Gerard Gumbau, Efe reported.

Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, who apparently recovered from his sore hamstring muscle, and defender Thomas Vermaelen, who did not acquire his medical permission yet, also participated with the group in Friday’s workouts.

Enrique will announce the final squad for the Rayo Vallecano tie on Saturday.

Barcelona are currently ranked fourth in La Liga standings with 15 points; just one point behind leaders Villarreal.

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