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FC Barcelona News: 14 February 2014; Neymar Declared Fit to Face Rayo Vallecano, Court Rejects Santos Injunction

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Neymar Jr declared fit | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian magic is back. Neymar Jr was declared fully fit following the Friday training session and has been included in the provisional squad to face Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.

21 named for Rayo | FC Barcelona
Neymar took part in the full session and has been included in the squad of 21 named by Martino. However, Xavi Hernández did not join his colleagues today and instead did specific exercises in the gym. He has been left of the team for the weekend, while other players that miss out are Cuenca, Oier Olazábal and Dos Santos.

Messi one goal away from Di Stéfano | FC Barcelona
On Saturday against Rayo Vallecano (8.00 PM CET), Leo Messi could equal or even beat the legendary Alfredo Di Stéfano’s tally of 227 goals in 329 league matches. The Barça star currently has 226 goals in 262 games, and also has another Real Madrid legend in his sights, Raúl González, who scored 228 but took 550 games to get them. Still aged just 26, the Barça star is breaking records left, right and centre.

Travel and recovery for starters | FC Barcelona
Straight from San Sebastian to the Ciutat Esportiva. That was Thursday morning for cup finalists FC Barcelona, who started a post-match recovery session at 12.35. On a windy day, the squad were joined by Neymar as he nears full recovery from injury. Carles Puyol, who was declared fit on Tuesday, was able to train normally.

Brazilian court rejects Santos injunction over transfer of Neymar to Barcelona - ESPN FC
A Brazilian court has rejected an injunction brought by Neymar’s former club Santos requesting access to all the documents relating to the player’s controversial transfer to Barcelona last summer. Santos have said they will now appeal the verdict.

European Match of the Weekend: Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Barcelona may have been well short of their best since Christmas but they remain alive in all competitions and can look forward to welcoming back Brazilian forward Neymar to reinforce their frontline against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this weekend. It has been a good week for the Catalan club, who returned to the top of the table with a victory over Sevilla before setting up a mouthwatering Copa del Rey final against bitter rivals Real Madrid after overcoming Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

Passing game brings glory at Anoeta | FC Barcelona
Barça’s passing game was at its brilliant best on Wednesday night at Anoeta. They reached the Cup Final on the back of an astonishing 72% of the possession against Real Sociedad, while also completing 969 of their massive 1058 pass attempts (91.5%). Real completed 266 of their mere 362 passes (71.5%). Here we look at some other stats from the game.

Rafinha's father insists his son will return to Barcelona after loan spell | Football News | Sky Sports
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has impressed after joining Os Celestes on loan, and it is understood the Galicians are keen on signing him on a permanent deal, despite being under contract at Barcelona until 2016. However, Rafinha's father, Mazinho, has revealed his son will return to the Catalan giants when his loan expires.

FC Barcelona to promote Catalonia in Manchester | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be taking advantage of the Champions League match with Manchester City next February 18 to promote Catalan culture and Catalonia as a tourist destination at two events in the English city being organised by the Club in collaboration with the Ramon Llull Institute and the Catalan Tourist Board, respectively.

We are #FCB100M! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is the first ever sports club to be able to boast 100 million followers on social networks and the club is organising a series of special events to celebrate the achievement. There will be some special events associated with the Barça v Rayo game, and also globally on the different social networks.

Atletico Madrid are tired, admits Simeone -
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted that his side are tired after their exploits this season. The capital club are level on points at the top of La Liga with Real Madrid and Barcelona and have made sound progress in the Champions League, but have suffered three defeats in succession, including two losses in the Copa del Rey semi-final to Carlo Ancelotti's side.

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