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FC Barcelona News: 11 November 2015; Lionel Messi Returns to Training, January Signings Considered

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Lionel Messi in Clasico fitness boost for Barcelona report - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi has handed Barcelona a fitness boost ahead of the Nov. 21 Clasico against Real Madrid after returning to outdoor pitch training with running and ball work on Monday, according to reports. Following the impending international break, Barca will go into the Bernabeu clash three points ahead of Madrid at the top of La Liga, with Luis Enrique's side having hit form in recent weeks as Rafa Benitez's team have stumbled.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi should miss Clasico - Argentina doctor - ESPN FC
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is running the risk of a recurrence of his knee injury should he play in the upcoming Clasico, according to Argentina national team doctor Homero De Agostino. Reports from Catalonia this week have suggested Messi has a good chance of playing at Real Madrid on Nov. 21, with the 28-year-old apparently running freely and working with the ball in training.

As Lionel Messi returns Neymar stars for Barcelona - ESPN FC
The quadruple Ballon d'Or winner, who was closely supervised by doctors from both Barcelona and the Argentinean national team at the Ciutat Esportiva, has reached the final stage of his recovery and, with the eagerly Clasico against Real Madrid still 11 days away, the most optimistic Cules are hoping their club's all-time leading scorer will make a glorious return at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Luis Suárez equals Diego Maradona and is set to draw even with Romário | FC Barcelona
In his second season with FC Barcelona, Luis Suárez is already part of the annals of Club history. With 60 games under his belt, the Uruguayan striker — who scored in Barça's 3–0 victory over Villarreal on Sunday — has drawn level with Diego Maradona on Barça’s all-time goal scoring list. In total, Suárez has scored 38 times in all competitions, good enough for an average of 0.63 goals per game.

Profile of an icon: Hristo Stoichkov - Football365
If we can judge a man by his nicknames, Hristo Stoichkov’s monikers leave nothing to the imagination. Known as ‘The Dagger’ for most of his career, he took a brief hiatus during his five-year spell at Barcelona; Spanish fans instead labelled Stoichkov ‘El Pistolero’ – the gunslinger.

First workout of the latest stoppage for international play | FC Barcelona
New league leaders FC Barcelona returned to work on Tuesday for a training session without a dozen players called up for international duty — Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Claudio Bravo, Neymar Jr., Dani Alves, Thomas Vermaelen and Munir El Haddadi. Also missing was goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who is having dental work done.

FC Barcelona playing philosophy bolstered by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Thus far, the results are more than satisfactory. The club’s 11 youth football teams (from U-7 through U-16) have scored 426 goals in 77 played so far this season. That’s an average of 5.5 goals per game, which reinforces the philosophy of offensive play taught at La Masia from an early age.

Robert Fernandez: Barcelona considering January signings - Goal.com
Barcelona is open to making signings in January, with Nolito "a real possibility," according to sporting director Robert Fernandez. Celta Vigo forward Nolito has been linked with a return to Barca, which tops the La Liga table by three points. The club's transfer ban ends in January, and Fernandez said Luis Enrique may yet add to his squad.

La Liga news: Nolito won't rule out Barcelona move - Goal.com
Celta Vigo star Nolito has refused to rule out a potential January return to Barcelona. The 29-year-old, who spent two years at Camp Nou with the B team, has previously insisted he would not depart Balaidos before the end of the season.

Barcelona news: Spain tried to naturalise Lionel Messi - Vicente Del Bosque - Goal.com
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has admitted that the country's football federation (RFEF) tried to persuade Lionel Messi to declare for La Roja. Barcelona star Messi was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina but moved to Catalunya when he was just 13.

Tickets for Barça v Madrid in April, on sale from 18 November | FC Barcelona
From next Wednesday 18 November at 10.00am CET, members without season tickets will be able to start the process for the purchase of tickets for the league Clásico at Camp Nou between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid which will be played on the weekend of 3 April.

Five sensational goals from the FC Barcelona youth teams | FC Barcelona
Last weekend's results from the FC Barcelona youth academy teams showed why the Club's playing philosophy is indellible.