Thomas Vermaelen nearing Barcelona return

Barcelona reveal that summer signing Thomas Vermaelen is closing on a return to fitness.

Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is closing on a return to fitness.

The Belgian international, who joined Barca from Arsenal earlier this month, has been unable to feature for his new side in pre-season due to a muscular injury.

However, a statement from the Catalan outfit has revealed that the defender is now back on the training pitch and has been undergoing individual sessions.

Barcelona open their La Liga challenge at home to Elche on Sunday evening.

Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
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