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FC Barcelona News: 17 November 2015; Lionel Messi Completes Full Training, Paul Pogba Rumors Resurfacing

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Leo Messi, Rakitic and Ter Stegen in training | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team returned to training on Monday after three days rest and began with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the recent attacks in the French capital Paris. The session included Leo Messi, who is recovering from the knee injury sustained on 26 September, and Ivan Rakitic who picked up a calf injury on 4 November.

Lionel Messi fitness could decide Clasico for Barcelona - ESPN FC
Last weekend the kids in the FC Barcelona B squad were given two days to remember. On Friday and Saturday they turned up for training as usual, only to be presented with a very unusual guest. Now in the final stages of his recovery from injury, Lionel Messi participated in two sessions with Barca B, adding a significant injection of quality into a group that has grown accustomed to struggling in the Spanish third division as of late.

Lionel Messi completes full training with Barcelona - ESPN FC
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi officially returned to full training on Monday five days before the La Liga leaders play at Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season, the club said on Monday. Messi has not featured since tearing a ligament in his left knee back on Sept. 26, and the Spanish and European champions have been forced to play without their top scorer.

FC Barcelona v Rafa Benítez: The history | FC Barcelona
Rafa Benítez faces FC Barcelona this Saturday as a coach for the first time since 2007 when he was in charge of a Liverpool side who knocked the blaugranes out of the Champions League in the last 16. It will be his first Clásico as Real Madrid coach and it is destined to be a key one with Barça in with a chance of stretching their lead over their greatest rivals to six points in the league.

‘Pogba to Barca sooner or later’ | Football Espana
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will join Barcelona "sooner or later", according to respected transfer intermediary Ernesto Bronzetti. La Blaugrana saw a summer bid rejected for the 22-year-old, while agent Mino Raiola has since maintained that his client is staying put, but the Italian believes Camp Nou remains the player’s likeliest destination if the Old Lady decide to sell up.

Neymar has made Barcelona forget about Messi - Alfonso Perez - ESPN FC
Barcelona forward Neymar has made people forget about Lionel Messi, says former Barca and Real Madrid striker Alfonso Perez. The Brazilian superstar has stepped up in the absence of the four-time World Player of the Year winner, scoring 10 goals and giving an additional six assists in the 10 games since the Argentine went down with a knee injury on Sept. 26.

Turkey unbeaten in last 9 games with Barcelona star Arda Turan in team
Turkey are unbeaten in their last 10 games and Barcelona star Arda Turan has featured in nine of them. The bearded winger is yet to play a single game for the reigning La Liga champions due to the FIFA transfer ban but he has been in fine form for his country – the ban does not apply to international football.

Sergi Samper: Why Man United and Arsenal are eyeing the Barca prodigy
As one of the hottest prospects to emerge from Barca’s La Masia academy in recent years, it is only natural that the youngster has caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest teams. With competition for places at Barcelona so fierce, first team chances are few and far between, even for the most talented graduates.

Barcelona set sights on PSG winger Ezequiel Lavezzi - report - ESPN FC
Barcelona are interested in Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has seen limited playing time at Paris Saint-Germain, according to Diario Sport. The 30-year-old's contract with the Ligue 1 club is up in June and he is reportedly seeking to leave. Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez is backing Lavezzi to join the Catalan club in January when their transfer ban is lifted, according to the report.

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