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Xavi’s Barcelona training plans for the international break with only seven players available

With Barcelona possessing one of the finest squads in world football, it is no surprise to see 18 players from the side being called up for international duty.

This includes a long list of representatives such as Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Jordi Alba, Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia for Spain, Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde for France, Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay for the Netherlands.

Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Raphinha (Brazil), Ronald Araujo (Uruguay), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany) and Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) have also been called up by their respective nations.

Additionally, Alejandro Balde and Arnau Tenas have also been called up for the Spanish U-21 side. As a result, how the training sessions will be held for those set to stay back at the club has been revealed.

As per a report by Javier Miguel of AS, Xavi has just seven players at his disposal during the international break, with those being Marcos Alonso, Hector Bellerin, Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, Sergio Roberto, Pablo Torre and Inaki Pena.

The manager will have a typical week at work and plans to conduct two training sessions on Thursday and Friday, with the players that are available set to be handed a breather on the remainder of the days.

Keeping that in mind, the Barça players that have stayed at the club will be handed three days off for the time being.

As a result, the likes of Bellerin and Alonso will likely sort out all the paperwork requirements needed in relation to their new residences, considering the pair were the last to arrive at the Catalan club.

It also goes without saying that the full-back duo will also intend to adapt to the city during a rare time off. Furthermore, Fati and Sergi Roberto are likely to focus on working their way back to full fitness.

As for youngsters such as Torre and Pena, their aim will be to impress Xavi, with the duo hoping to get more game-time, having featured sparingly so far this term.

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