Andres Iniesta joins Barcelona squad for training ahead of Champions League clash against Chelsea

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In some good news for Barcelona fans, experienced midfielder Andres Iniesta returned to training along with his team mates on Monday.

The veteran trained for a part of Barca’s routine session as he continued his recovery from a hamstring injury that he sustained against Atletico Madrid last Sunday.

Speaking on Iniesta’s absence, Ernesto Valverde had said: “Without Iniesta we lose a unique player, irreplaceable. It’s difficult to find a substitute for his because there is no-one like him in the world. Let’s hope the injury is nothing serious.”

Meanwhile, Catalan Radio said Iniesta will be fit to start the Champions League game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

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Barcelona players congratulate Lionel Messi after birth of third son Ciro

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Lionel Messi became a father of three sons on Saturday.

Barcelona were back to training on Monday morning ahead of their highly-entertaining Champions League return leg against Chelsea.

There were smiles all around as Ernesto Valverde‘s squad first applauded Lionel Messi on the birth of his third child, Ciro.

Messi’s third son was born on Saturday, and was also the reason why the Argentine was left out of the squad that secured a 2-0 win at Malaga.

Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho got on the scoresheet for the Catalan giants as they maintained their 8-point La Liga lead.

Barca will host Antonio Conte‘s side on Wednesday with a slight advantage – an away goal scored by Messi himself as the aggregate stands at 1-1.

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Andre Gomes opens up on tough time at Barcelona

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Andre Gomes has had a torrid time at Barcelona ever since his move from Valencia in mid-2016.

The Portugal midfielder, despite the faith shown in him by bosses past and present Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde, has come under criticism by the fans at the Camp Nou.

But for the first time, Gomes has opened up about the pressure he feels with the Blaugrana shirt on his back in a revealing interview with Panenka.

“I do not feel good in the field, I’m not enjoying what I can do,” the 24-year-old confesses.

He added: “The first six months were pretty good, but then things changed. Maybe the word is not the most correct but it became a bit of hell, because I started to have more pressure.”

Gomes then goes onto admit that his problem is a mental thing more than anything else.

“With the pressure I live well, with what I do not live well is with the pressure for myself,” he said.

“Thinking too much has hurt me. I think about the bad things and what I have to do. Although my colleagues give me enough support, things do not come out as they want them to come out.”

After hearing Gomes being jeered by the Camp Nou crowd in a recent game, Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was seen angrily yelling in reaction.

The pressure of being labelled a flop has been tough for Gomes to take. He admitted: “On more than one occasion, I didn’t want to leave my house. Because people look at you, having the fear of going on the street out of shame.”

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