Alonso rejoins Chelsea training for Barca tie

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London, Feb 19 (IANS) Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso and midfielder Ross Barkley on Monday took part in a training session after having missed the past three matches, while David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko were absent in the run-up to the Champions League game against Barcelona.

Chelsea is set to host Barcelona on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, reported Efe.

Alonso, who suffered a muscle injury and has not played since January 31, exercised normally on Monday.

Although defender Emerson Palmieri, who was signed in January, shone during his debut on Friday in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup, coach Antonio Conte has reiterated the importance of Alonso for the team.

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Midfielder Ross Barkley also exercised normally, although he had not been able to participate as expected in recent weeks due to a recurring muscle injury.

Both midfielder Bakayoko, who has been sidelined since his side’s 4-1 defeat against Watford on February 5, and defender Luiz did not train.

The group training also included two players from the youth squad: defender Trevoh Chalobah and forward Callum Hudson-Odoi.

–IANS

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