Messi and Neymar available for start of season, despite busy summers

Despite a busy offseason for two of Barcelona's formidable attacking trident, Messi and Neymar, both players have been made available for the start of the season.

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Barcelona’s Copa America stars – including Lionel Messi and Neymar – will be available for the club’s opening fixtures of the season.

Messi was unable to break his trophy duck on the international stage as Argentina lost the Copa final to host Chile, for whom Barca goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the successful captain, while Brazil was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage by Paraguay with Neymar out due to a red card suspension. Barca’s Copa contingent will return to training over the coming days, with Neymar and Brazil teammate Dani Alves available for Sunday’s friendly against Fiorentina.

Messi, Argentina compatriots Javier Mascherano and Bravo are due to return to training on Monday and will be given the chance to get their eye in against Roma next Wednesday. Barca will hope the limited preparations will have its South American stars in shape for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Sevilla and Supercopa de Espana versus Athletic Bilbao, before the club Liga campaign begins against the Basque side.

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