But Barça have now reported that he was involved in part of Monday's training session with the rest of the squad. That could well be stepped up further on Tuesday, with Chelsea then visiting Camp Nou on Wednesday night - the tie is finely balanced at 1-1 on aggregate.
Lionel Messi was also present after missing the Malaga fixture. The five-time Ballon d'Or was given leave to witness the birth of third child, Ciro, on the day of the game and was applauded onto the training pitch by his team-mates on Monday.
Nelson Semedo and Denis Suarez were the only injury absentees for head coach Ernesto Valverde, who also kept a handful of Barça B players with the first-team after their recent involvement against Espanyol in the aforementioned regional Super Cup.
Young Englishman Marcus McGuane, a January signing from Arsenal, was among them, as were Carles Alena, Vitinho, Samu Araujo and Jose Antonio Martinez.
Philippe Coutinho is ineligible to face Chelsea as he is cup-tied in the Champions League after playing in the competition for Liverpool earlier this season.