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FC Barcelona News: 5 October 2016; Ivan Rakitic Injures Achilles Tendon, Lionel Messi Desperate to Return

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Lionel Messi desperate to return for Barcelona and Argentina, says Edgardo Bauza | Sky Sports
Messi has been sidelined since limping out of Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on September 21, and has been left out of Bauza's squad to face Peru and Paraguay in upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner retired from international duty after Argentina's penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile at Copa America in June, only to later reverse his decision.

Injured Ivan Rakitic out of Croatia squad | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic will not be joining the Croatia squad this week because of a problem with his left Achilles tendon. His availability for FC Barcelona training sessions will depend on how recovery process progresses. The Croat was due to appear in two World Cup 2018 qualifying matches for his country against Kosovo and Finland, but will now be staying in Barcelona instead.

Match schedule for FC Barcelona’s 13 international players | FC Barcelona
Thirteen of the FC Barcelona first team squad will be away on international duty over the next ten days, with Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers taking centre stage. Members of the U21 categories are also competing for a spot at the 2017 European Championships in Poland.

First session without players on international duty | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team returned to training on Tuesday morning to start a week of depleted numbers due to thirteen players being away on World Cup qualifying duty. Following a day off on Monday, this was the first workout since the 4-3 defeat at Balaídos, with Luis Enrique and the few players at his disposition now starting their preparations for the game with Deportivo after the international break.

Barcelona's worst start in over a decade is not a cause for concern - ESPN FC
Barcelona players and staff were queuing up to take the blame after Sunday's 4-3 loss at Celta Vigo. "I'm sorry, if I hadn't made the mistake, we could have won this game," goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen conceded after letting in four goals.

Pedro pays a visit to FC Barcelona squad | FC Barcelona
"I was looking forward to coming, to see the people I left behind and see how things are going," said Pedro, who is in Barcelona for just a few days. Now a Barça fans from far in London, the 29 year old revealed that he still follows the blaugranes’ avidly and "I always wish them the best and I hope they can stay on top."

5 more belters from the FC Barcelona Academy teams | FC Barcelona
Another weekend for the youth teams at FC Barcelona and another selection of fine strikes to admire. Ansumane Fati from the U16A team contributed two great goals on the weekend of 1/2 October. Lucas de Vega provides another with his effort that made it 3-2 against Júpiter for the U19B team, rounding off a comeback win from two goals down.

The human towers of the Xiquets de Hangzhou come to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
If you thought that the phenomenon of ‘castells’ (human towers) was a purely Catalan pastime, you are in for a surprise. The ‘colla castellera’ (human tower club) Xiquets de Hangzhou from China paid a visit to FC Barcelona on Tuesday, taking in the Camp Nou Experience. The director Pau Vilanova was the man handed with the responsibility of welcoming the group to Barça’s home and presenting them with a blaugrana shirt.

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