Vermaelen enjoys some group action.

Thomas Vermaelen, who still hasn't made his Barça debut but is steadily regaining fitness after his surgery, spent some of Monday's training session working with the squad ahead of Wednesday's La Liga meeting with Almería.

The Belgian defender had a hamstring injury when he joined the 'Azulgranas' from Arsenal last summer and after a range of less aggressive treatment plans failed to sort out the problem, decided to go under the knife.

He was operated on by Finnish specialist Sakari Orava on 2nd December and a layoff of four to five months was predicted, so he should be - at the most - weeks away from a comeback.

Every member of the Barcelona squad was present for Monday's recovery session following the win over Celta on Sunday night, but three players were unable to train with the group.

Jordi Alba (who picked up a muscle injury on international duty with Spain) and Adriano Correia were both confined to the sidelines, while Dani Alves was able to take to the training pitch but did separate drills.

Source: Marca

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