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Barcelona train while awaiting Coutinho passport decision

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Ernesto Valverde and his players returned to training on Friday morning after a brief holiday with all eyes on preparing for the Supercopa de Espana, however Los Cules face a nervous wait over Philippe Coutinho's passport issue.

The Brazilian midfielder had hoped to take Portuguese citizenship in order to no longer count as a non-EU player in the Blaugrana's squad.

Arthur is ready to play against Sevilla after recovering from injury, yet his arrival from Gremio has increased Barcelona's quota of non-EU footballers.

Coutinho is one of four players who currently fall under this category, along with Arturo Vidal, Malcom and the aforementioned Arthur.

If the former Liverpool midfielder is unsuccessful in his quest to take up European citizenship then Valverde will be forced to discard one of the four players.

Juan Miranda will be the backup to Jordi Alba in the senior team for the 2018/19 season, and the 18-year-old took part in Friday morning's training session.