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FC Barcelona News: 12 April 2016; 19 in Squad for Atletico Madrid, Barca Lose Two to Injury

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Squad of nineteen announced for Madrid | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team trained on Tuesday for the last time before they fly to Madrid on the same evening for the Champions League quarter final at the Vicente Calderón, where they will be looking to defend their 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Camp Nou.

Rafinha and Vermaelen suffer injuries | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's medical services team said Monday that the first team players Rafael 'Rafinha' Alcantara and Thomas Vermaelen have suffered injuries. The Brazilian picked up a strain to his left adductor, and his availability for upcoming matches will depend on the speed of his recovery. The Belgian defender, meanwhile, suffered an elongation in the soleus of his right leg.

Luis Enrique has Atlético's number | FC Barcelona
While that seems to be the unofficial mantra of the FC Barcelona players and coaching staff following the team’s third straight La Liga game without a win, there are some who are doing anything but heading into Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final return leg at Atlético Madrid, despite the fact that Barça hold a 2–1 aggregate lead.

FC Barcelona kick-off another week with Monday morning workout | FC Barcelona
Following Sunday's day off, FC Barcelona returned to work Monday morning to prepare for Wednesday's second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals at Atlético Madrid. Barça hold a 2–1 aggregate lead after last week's first leg at Camp Nou.

When and where to watch Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona carry at 2–1 aggregate lead into the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday night, as they look to secure a berth in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. To find out when and where it is being shown in your neck of the woods, consult our handy guide below.

Request for the time of the Copa del Rey final to be changed | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Sevilla have made a request to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to change the scheduled 9.30pm CET kick-off time of the Copa del Rey final. Both clubs prefer the final to take place at either 6.00pm or 7.00pm CET as the match falls on a Sunday (May 22), meaning that the next day is a working day.

Lionel Messi goal drought, Arda Turan form concern for Barca - ESPN FC
It already looks like April will play a major role in the outcome of Barcelona's season. From a March where Real Madrid and Atletico were seemingly out of the La Liga title race to the present scenario of a slender three-point lead at the top of the table, much has changed for Barca in a short period of time.

Why have Barcelona stumbled in recent weeks? Guillem Balague explains... | Sky Sports
What that means is that the team depends more and more on the front three as the season progresses, and that has what has happened to Barcelona. Lionel Messi has found in the past few weeks that physically, perhaps, he is not at his sharpest. He has been dropping deep and becoming a midfielder almost.

Cash & Halilovic for Gameiro? | Football Espana
Sevilla could be open to accepting €20m and Alen Halilovic from Barcelona to part with striker Kevin Gameiro, reports say. Mundo Deportivo suggests Los Rojiblancos would be open to the operation and Barca might be willing as well, though there is a lot of interest in Halilovic, currently on loan at Sporting Gijon.

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