APPIANO GENTILE - Preparations for Saturday evening's Serie A Week 32 visit of Messina (20:30, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) began today with a lunchtime training session.

Those who played in Wednesday's Champions League win over Villarreal did a light athletic session. This group included Alvaro Recoba, whose condition has improved after the knock just under his left knee suffered in the opening minutes of the game against the Spaniards.

After a warm-up the other players performed ball possession and tactical exercises, and played a practice match.

Marco Materazzi stayed at home after going down with the flu. After therapy, Giuseppe Favalli and Luis Figo did higher-intensity individual sessions of strengthening in the gym, exercises on the sand track and up- and downhill runs. The Portuguese winger also performed aerobic and individual technique exercises.

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