Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona work without injured Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele

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Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona team-mates set to work without injured trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele

  • Lionel Messi is still not training with the team after suffering pre-season injury 
  • Luis Suarez picked up knock in defeat by Athletic Bilabao on opening day  
  • Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is also out of action with a muscle issue 
  • The rest of Ernesto Valverde’s side are preparing for Real Betis on Sunday 

Barcelona set to work in training on Tuesday without their injured attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. 

Antoine Griezmann is the only fit senior attacking player available to Ernesto Valverde ahead of his side’s clash with Real Betis on Sunday. 

The Frenchman was joined by the likes of Jordi Alba, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets as the players worked at the Joan Gamper facility. 

Antoine Griezmann set to work and has plenty of responsibility as the only fit striker

Antoine Griezmann set to work and has plenty of responsibility as the only fit striker

Barcelona posted pictures of Samuel Umtiti and Co training on Tuesday afternoon

Barcelona posted pictures of Samuel Umtiti and Co training on Tuesday afternoon

Arturo Vidal was another to work under the watchful eye of manager Ernesto Valverde

Arturo Vidal was another to work under the watchful eye of manager Ernesto Valverde

Conspicuous by their absence were Messi, Suarez and Dembele. 

Messi has still not returned to team training having suffered an injury in pre-season after coming back from holiday. 

He also endured a busy schedule with Argentina in the Copa America this summer and Barcelona are carefully monitoring his workload. 

Jordi Alba was another of the players in action

Sergio Busquets is preparing to face Real Betis

Spanish duo Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are preparing to take on Real Betis

Luis Suarez picked up an injury against Athletic Bilbao and joins Lionel Messi on the sidelines

Luis Suarez picked up an injury against Athletic Bilbao and joins Lionel Messi on the sidelines

Suarez picked up a knock against Athletic Bilbao in the 1-0 La Liga defeat at the weekend while Dembele has a muscle problem. 

The winger is expected to be sidelined for five weeks and Valverde’s attacking resources have been stretched to the limit. 

The Catalan club shared a number of pictures on Instagram of the team training on Tuesday and they will be looking to call on their squad depth to bounce back in their first game at the Nou Camp this season. 

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