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Messi to return to Barça training on Thursday, Suárez on Friday

Lionel Messi will arrive back with Javier Mascherano, while Paulinho will also be limited to one training session ahead of the derby against Espanyol.

Messi to return to Barça training on Thursday, Suárez on Friday

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano will return from international duty with Argentina in time to join the rest of their Barcelona team-mates for training on Thursday morning.

Messi fails to bail out Argentina

The Argentine pair return across the Atlantic following a disappointing international break in which Jorge Sampaoli's team failed to beat Venezuela in Buenos Aires.

Despite being La Albiceleste's best player, Messi was unable to grab a win, leaving the local press wondering: 'who do we pray to now?'

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Suárez and Paulinho short on Espanyol preparation

Luis Suárez and Paulinho will return from South America in time to train on Friday, and will therefore have just one day of preparation ahead of the local derby against Espanyol. 

Given the long-distances that some members of the squad have had to travel, and the busy schedule that Barcelona face in the coming weeks, Ernesto Valverde may shake up his starting line-up for the match at Camp Nou. 

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