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FC Barcelona News: 17 January 2015; Jeremy Mathieu to Miss Deportivo Game, Isaac Cuenca Excited to Face Barça

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Mathieu to miss Deportivo game | FC Barcelona
The Medical Services have reported that Jérémy Mathieu is having problems with the Achilles tendon in his left leg and will therefore not be travelling to La Coruña on Sunday. Further tests will shed more light on how long the French defender is likely to be out of action.

Rafinha: We are training hard to fight for everything | FC Barcelona
Rafinha Alcántara is in fine form at the moment and he is convinced that he and his team mates are on the road to success. For the Brazilian-born midfielder, the team are feeling "very well" and "with confidence: training hard to show that we can fight for everything," he added. Rafinha spoke to Barça TV after taking part in a documentary about players who have come up from the youth.

European Match of the Weekend: Deportivo La Coruna v Barcelona | Eurosport
Barcelona can turn their attention back to La Liga – if it wasn’t already – after they completed a resounding 9-0 aggregate victory over Elche in the Copa del Rey in midweek.The Catalan giants sit one point off the league summit and are looking to build on their 3-1 triumph over Atletico Madrid last weekend.Despite their mouth-watering front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Barca’s greatest asset this season has been their defence.

Messi, Iniesta, the Ballon d'Or in Video | FC Barcelona
From leaving Barcelona to head off to Zurich for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014, we follow Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta on their journey earlier this week as they bump into an old friend for good measure.

Ex-FC Barcelona prodigy Isaac Cuenca excited to face old team | FC Barcelona
When Barça face Deportivo on Sunday it will be a special day for Isaac Cuenca. The 23 year-old from Reus in Catalonia is in the middle of his first season in La Coruña after leaving the realm of Barça. Cuenca rose to brief stardom with FC Barcelona in the 2011/12 season, but after that as series of injuries took their toll on the once rising star.

Reus to Madrid talk 'blatant nonsense' - Goal.com
The agent of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has described the latest reports linking his client with a move to Real Madrid as "blatant nonsense". The 25-year-old has a release clause in his contract allowing him to join any club who meet the 25 million euro fee stipulated in his deal, which expires in 2017.

Odegaard stands on the brink but Real Madrid is not the right move - Goal.com
But would playing Castilla football really aid his development at this stage? He needs a stronger environment. It is a case of finding the right balance of competitiveness to coax him further along, and protection to ensure he does not burn out or fritter away his hard work. The indications from Norway are that Odegaard is a hard worker and a prodigious trainer. It would be a disaster if he ends up at a club where that work rate is mismanaged or stunted.

Crisp-munching Moyes given two-match ban for touchline tantrum - Goal.com
David Moyes has been slapped with a two-match ban following a touchline rant at officials - after which he was filmed eating crisps with fans in the stands - as Real Sociedad was knocked out of the Copa del Rey. The Scot was furious when, in the final 10 minutes of the last-16 cup tie against Villarreal, a number of decisions went against his attackers with Real destined to exit the competition if they did not score twice.

Cordoba held by Eibar | Sky Sports Football
Miroslav Djukic's men had put together back-to-back wins to leave the relegation zone and Andone's goal inside 10 seconds looked like boosting the promoted club towards the top half of the table. Both sides lost a man to red cards in the second half, though, Eduard Campabadal and Federico Piovaccari's dismissals destabilising Cordoba's game plan and allowing Mikel Arruabarrena to notch a headed equaliser.

Granada sack manager Joaquin Caparros after six months in charge | Sky Sports
The decision was announced on the club's official website on Friday. Caparros made Granada his 18th club when he swapped Levante for them last summer, but he has presided over a horror run of results.