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Messi cuts short holiday and he (and his new blonde hair) could now feature in Dublin friendly

The Catalan giants head for a training camp in England next week, before playing Celtic at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey Source: Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Updated at 12.55

BARCELONA HAVE ANNOUNCED Lionel Messi will travel with the squad for a week of pre-season training in England.

The 29-year-old had been expected to miss the trip to the St George’s Park facilities, after taking a belated holiday following Argentina’s run to the final of the Copa America Centenario.

A trip to Dublin follows for the International Champions Cup match with Celtic at the Aviva Stadim on 30 July, and Messi may now feature as the Spanish champions have confirmed he has cut short his time off in order to link up with the travelling party along with Turkey captain Arda Turan.

“The Argentine star will come back from holiday early and, together with Arda Turan, will join up with the group for a week of pre-season,” Barca said in a statement.

Jordi Masip, Luis Suarez, Munir El Haddadi, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Jeremy Mathieu, Denis Suarez, Sergi Samper, Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya are the first-teamers who will travel along with several youth team players.

Meanwhile, Messi’s girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo has just posted a picture of the 29-year-old sporting a new blonde haircut.

You think he would have gone full Abel Xavier and dyed the red beard too!

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cambio d look😎 #blondeboy

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