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Barcelona midfielder Rafinha injured, out of Champions League match against Atlético Madrid

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After seven months of grueling absence through injury, Rafinha Alcântara will have to be on the sidelines again.

Barcelona announced on Monday that the Brazilian midfielder has sustained a left adductor muscle strain in last weekend's match against Real Sociedad. There is no timetable for his return, but Rafinha will not be available for the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.

Rafinha suffered a torn ACL in his knee against Roma last September while he enjoyed his best form as a Blaugrana, and had to miss almost all season to recover from the injury. He returned last Tuesday at Camp Nou and was important for Barça in their 2-1 comeback win against the Colchoneros.

The Brazilian then started the loss at Anoeta, but was replaced by Iniesta at halftime. The general feeling was Luis Enrique made a technical decision, but today's news confirms it was due to injury. With just over one month left in the season, it is likely the Brazilian will not return to the pitch again in this campaign.

It is certainly a difficult day for him. Get better soon, Rafinha.

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