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FC Barcelona News: 26 September 2011; Barca Monitoring César Azpilicueta, No Plans to Replace Ibrahim Afellay

Lionel Messi is only two goal behind László Kubala for second place on Barcelona's all time goalscoring list.
Lionel Messi is only two goal behind László Kubala for second place on Barcelona's all time goalscoring list.

Barcelona's Andoni Zubizarreta says club will not sign replacement for injured Ibrahim Afellay -
With Afellay expected to feature only in the last two months of the campaign, it has been suggested that Barcelona could bring in a January replacement for the 25-year-old. However, Zubizarreta has knocked down that scenario, telling Barca TV: "Afellay's injury is not good news, but it is clear that the solution is in our squad and in our youth ranks.

Barcelona still keen on Azpilicueta | A Different League
According to Cadena Ser Barcelona are monitoring César Azpilicueta’s situation at Olympique Marseille after the Spanish Under-21 international expressed a desire to return to Spain, having failed to settle with the French club.

Valdes reaches 300 matches |
Victor Valdés played his 300th League game on Saturday, and he did it against the same opposition as when he made his debut on September 1st, 2002, Atletico Madrid. Here are other stats from the match.

Messi eyeing Barca scoring record - Yahoo! Eurosport
Messi's superb treble against Atletico Madrid, the 24-year-old's 11th career hat-trick, put him on 192 goals, two behind Hungarian Kubala, who played for Barca in the 1950s and early 1960s. Cesar Rodriguez is the club's record marksman with 235. "I just take it a game at a time but obviously I'm very excited," World Player of the Year Messi told Barca TV on Sunday.

WAR OF THE WORDS – Joan Laporta fights back after Rosell twists the knife too far |
After departing his post as president however, Joan Laporta has remained relatively quiet (by his standards) about his old sparring partner.Last week however, prior to a gathering of members at the club’s general assembly (designed to vote on the Qatar foundation shirt deal) Laporta decided the time was right to strike back.right

Pep Guardiola: Barcelona not unbeatable - ESPN Soccernet
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola insists his team can be beaten even if it sometimes appears an impossible task. "We are not unbeatable ... any team can beat us,'' Guardiola said. "But if we do things right the fans who come to watch us will have a good time, which is the most important thing.''

Travelling, the order of the week |
The First Team will be back at training on Monday in a session scheduled to start at 11.00 at the Joan Gamper training ground. Activity on Tuesday will begin very early in the morning The Barça expedition is expected to leave the Camp Nou at 8.15 to start the journey to Minsk (Belarus), where on Wednesday (20.45) they’ll face Bate Borisov

Paris Saint-Germain not giving up on Barcelona's Eric Abidal - report -
Paris Saint-Germain have not given up hope of signing Barcelona defender Eric Abidal just yet as they remain keen to lure the France international back to Ligue 1, Sport reports. The left-back's contract with Barcelona is set to expire next summer, and PSG are closely monitoring his situation at Camp Nou.

Mourinho stirs fierce debate at Real assembly - Yahoo! Eurosport
The subject of coach Jose Mourinho prompted passionate debate between members at Real Madrid's general assembly on Sunday, with some saying his behaviour had damaged the club's image. "If you have a tiger as your mascot you have to keep him tied up to stop him eating your neighbour's daughter," said club member Rafael Vareos who prompted catcalls and whistles from the largely pro-Mourinho crowd.

Broken toe sidelines Ruben | LFP
Villarreal forward Marco Ruben sustained an injury in the second half of his team's clash with Athletic Club on Saturday. The Argentinian player broke the fifth phalange of his left foot and will be out of action for three weeks.

Unbeaten Levante maintain early season promise –
Levante UD maintained their unbeaten start to the season and picked up a third consecutive win against nine-man RCD Espanyol to move level on points with second-placed FC Barcelona and one point adrift of Real Betis Balompié at the summit.

Cáceres and Chico suffer injuries | LFP
Real Mallorca players Pablo Cáceres and Chico Flores finished their sides game against Real Sociedad with injuries. The Uruguayan full-back had to be substituted in the first half owing to a muscular injury, specifically a torn adductor in his right leg. Chico, meanwhile, took a knock on the chin, which required stapling in order for him to continue playing.

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