Former Barcelona defender training at the club facilities as he recovers from injury

Former Barcelona defender and club legend Dani Alves is training at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva complex as he recovers from an injury, Mundo Deportivo has revealed.

Alves is a legend at Barcelona. The 39-year-old Brazilian has had two separate stints at Spotify Camp Nou. After joining the Blaugrana in 2008 from Sevilla, he went on to write history at the club, becoming one of the best right-backs to have played the game.

Alves left Barça in 2016 as a free agent and had stints with the likes of Juventus, PSG and Sao Paulo FC before returning to Spotify Camp Nou last November, arriving as a free agent.

The veteran was at the club for only eight months, having signed a short-term deal and was released at the end of the 2021/22 season. Following his exit, Alves signed for Mexican side UNAM Pumas and played against Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy a couple of months ago.

Having played 12 times for his new club, the 39-year-old has registered four assists. However, Alves recently picked up a knee injury that has sidelined him for the foreseeable future.

While Pumas claimed that the veteran defender had hurt the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the former Barcelona ace has played down the nature and severity of his injury.

Now, the defender has been spotted training at the Barcelona facilities. Alves posted an image of himself from the Ciutat Esportiva complex earlier today on social media with the following message:

“Always grateful to this house for opening the doors to me for whatever it takes! The greats, when challenged, will never back down… They will fight, they will fight until the last second of their existence.”

Alves’ aim is to be fit and ready for the FIFA World Cup next month and is seemingly making use of Barcelona’s training facilities in order to make sure that he recovers from his recent injury and gets back in shape ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

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