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Having participated in Euro 2012 and the Olympics consecutively, the left back will be given time to recuperate, before joining up with the rest of the squad on Aug. 8

Barcelona has handed Jordi Alba extended leave until the middle of next week, after he returned from international duty for Spain.

The full back played a significant role in both the senior side, which emerged victorious at Euro 2012, and the U-23 team, which crashed out of the Olympic Games at the group stage.

Alba touched down in Barcelona yesterday, but new boss Tito Vilanova has given the 23-year-old permission to rest until Aug. 8 after his summer exertions.

Barcelona continues its pre-season preparation against Paris Saint-Germain on Aug. 4.

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