FC Barcelona News: 11 October 2013; Jordi Alba Suffers Injury Blow, Sergi Roberto Impresses for La Rojita

Stanley Chou

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba suffers fresh injury blow - ESPN FC
"Jordi Alba suffered a muscle injury in the back of his left thigh in training this morning which, according to the club doctors, will keep him out of action for approximately six weeks," the statement read. "The injury comes as a further blow to the Catalan full-back, who has been working his way back to fitness following a similar injury he picked up a month ago in his other leg."

Eleven FC Barcelona players on international duty | FC Barcelona
Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, Alexis, Alves, Neymar and Song all have international matches this weekend. Here we take a look ahead at the games involving Spain, Chile, Brazil and Cameroon, without forgetting that Sergi Roberto scored one goals and gave one assist for Spain U21 against Bosnia on Thursday night (3-2). All times are CET.

Barcelona star Neymar ahead of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale - Adriano - ESPN FC
Adriano told Cadena Ser that, for him, there was no debate over who was currently the better player. "Neymar is ahead of Bale, for what he has done in football, for what he is in Brazil, and for what he is doing at Barca," the Brazilian said.

Julio Salinas: "Barça are on song" | FC Barcelona
The ex-Barça striker also gave the thumbs up to new boss Tata Martino, claiming "he has given the team a bit more depth and he tries to get them to get forward quicker if the other team is caught off guard. He’s made a good start and shown intelligence and humility, allowing the real protagonists to take the limelight".

Spain U21 3-2 Bosnia U21: Complacency nearly costs La Rojita the victory
In the 69th minute, Spain had their third of the night. Sergi Roberto with the assist and Morata with the finishing touch. Bosnia immediately made their second substitution of the game, bringing Duljević on for Subić, but it really did look like there was no way back for them now. In the 74th minute, Lopetegui made his second change, as Jesé came on for Sarabia.

Spain - Belarus clash in doubt - Goal.com
Spain could be forced to postpone Friday's World Cup qualifier with Belarus following an explosion of a generator inside Mallorca's Iberostar Stadium on Thursday. Two people have been rushed to hospital after suffering burns in the explosion which has left one of three electrical generators inside the arena inoperational for the time being.

Debate: Should Spain be allowed to call up Diego Costa? - Goal.com
The footballer everyone is talking about in Spain and Brazil right now is Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa. The 25-year-old striker - who has been arguably the best player in La Liga this season, topping the Pichichi standings with 10 goals in eight games - caused a storm last week when he pledged his allegiance to the World Cup holders.

Real fans fined for displaying Nazi symbols - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The four were members of the radical "Ultras Sur" group and the symbols displayed including a swastika and the German word "Totenkopf", a reference to the Nazis' SS paramilitary organisation, according to an official who asked not to be identified by name. Real, who lost the match 1-0, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Granero to undergo Friday operation - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The former Getafe and Real Madrid player, who is on loan at Anoeta from Queens Park Rangers until the end of this season, was stretchered off in the closing stages of the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on September 18. Granero’s operation will be performed at the Mikel Sanchez clinic in Vitoria.

Betis turned down Pabon - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Diario de Sevilla has revealed that Los Beticos were offered the chance to sign the Colombian international striker without having to pay the $10m buyout clause in his contract with Mexican club Monterrey. However, Betis refused to take part in negotiations as they would have had to deal with the investment fund that owns part of the player, despite the fact they would only have had to pay 50 per cent of the total cost of the operation.

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