Messi, Pique welcome Coutinho to Barca training

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The Brazil international became the Catalan giant's most expensive acquisition earlier this month but his debut has been delayed by a thigh injury.

Coutinho's first appearance in a Barca shirt edged closer on Sunday (AEDT), though, as he turned out for training with his new team-mates.

Pictures shared on the club's Twitter account showed the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique applauding the 25 year-old as he was presented to the rest of the squad.