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FC Barcelona News: 18 January 2014; Doha Friendly Game Postponed, Neymar Out for Three to Four Weeks

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Neymar out for three to four weeks | FC Barcelona
As announced today by the Club Medical Services, tests conducted on Friday morning have confirmed that Neymar has sprained peroneal tendons in his right ankle. He is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.

Messi: four cup goals in 120 minutes | FC Barcelona
In the 120 minutes that Leo Messi has played so far in the Copa del Rey, he already has four goals (two at the Camp Nou and two more at the Coliseum). Here are some other stats from the game that saw Barça safely through to the quarter finals.

Xavi’s 700 appearances in detail | FC Barcelona
An interactive factsheet about the Barça midfielder’s achievement: matches, titles, goals...

Xavi praised by FC Barcelona colleagues | FC Barcelona
Privileged, an example, different, the best, the brains of the team... So many ways to describe Xavi Hernández, who has completed 700 first team appearances and is a living legend at FC Barcelona. His fellow captains since 2006, Puyol, Valdés and Messi, along with Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets have recorded their congratulations.

Cesc Fabregas says he's happy at Barcelona under Tata Martino in exlusive interview - ESPN FC
Even though it was partly the lure of playing for his boyhood hero Pep Guardiola which drew him back to FC Barcelona, and despite knowing Tito Vilanova's coaching style inside out having been tutored by him at the age of 14, it's clear that Cesc Fabregas is playing his very best football under a coach new to the Camp Nou tradition -- Tata Martino.

FC Barcelona postpone game in Doha | FC Barcelona
Futbol Club Barcelona (FCB) and Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) have decided to postpone the game Barça were due to play in Doha in February as part of the sponsorship agreement binding the two parties.

Back from Madrid to train at Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
After last night’s 2-0 win at Getafe, the Barça squad stayed the night in Madrid and flew back to Barcelona this Friday morning. At 11.00 the flight left Barajas and some 75 minutes later touched down at El Prat. The group included Neymar, who was using crutches.

Barcelona create mausoleum where fans can pay to have remains stored |
Barcelona have created a mausoleum where fans can pay to have their remains stored. Initially there will be a space for 500 urns at the cemetery of Les Corts but the plan is to incorporate this into a modernised Camp Nou or new stadium in the future which will have room for 30,000 urns.

When does the winter transfer window close? -
It's been quiet in La Liga so far as Barcelona and Real Madrid seem unlikely to make any signings this winter, despite the Catalans' search for a new centre-back and goalkeeper. Second-placed Atletico Madrid, however, have brought in Argentine playmaker Jose Soso from Metalist Kharkiv.

Zinedine Zidane receives coaching diploma - ESPN FC
Zinedine Zidane has completed another step on his way to becoming a head coach by graduating with a diploma in sports management from a prestigious French university. Zidane, 41, regularly talks about his ambition to be a manager one day while saying he wants to take his time and learn his trade -- and is currently an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

Nothing to see in Malaga |
Valencia missed the chance to make up ground on seventh-placed Sevilla as they drew a blank in a 0-0 against Malaga on Friday. Both sides failed to find the net at Estadio La Rosaleda in a largely frustrating match in which both sides created several chances but converted none. The result leaves Valencia six points adrift of Sevilla, while the point earned in the draw saw Malaga move above Osasuna into 13th place on goal difference.

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