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FC Barcelona News: 30 August 2016; Lionel Messi Injures Hamstring, Munir El Haddadi Passes Valencia Medical

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Left hamstring trouble for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
A report on tests performed on Monday, and as approved by the FC Barcelona Medical Services and the Argentinian Football Association, has confirmed that Leo Messi has hurt his left hamstring. The player is travelling to Argentina to join the national team for World Cup qualifying matches at home to Uruguay and away to Venezuela, and his presence in those matches will depend on how the injury develops.

Ivan Rakitic: FC Barcelona's deadlock breaker | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic signed for FC Barcelona in the summer of 2014 and took no time at all to seize a central role in the first team. He’s been a regular starter practically since day one and his stats confirm what a brilliant contribution he has made to the side. In his first two seasons, Rakitic made 51 and 57 official appearances, and he has yet to miss out on a place in the starting XI in competitive games this term.

By the numbers: FC Barcelona's 1–0 victory over Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona needed to give it everything it had to eke out a 1–0 win over Athletic Club at the San Mamés. Ivan Rakitic's lone goal kept Barça in a three-way tie for first place on points. UD Las Palmas, however, lead the standings based on goal differential. Multiple golden opportunites for Barça on Sunday night were not enough to give them a wider margin.

Limited numbers as training resumes at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Following the victory at Athletic Bilbao, the vast majority of the FC Barcelona first team have left for international duty. But for those that remain and following a welcome rest on Monday it was back to work as usual on Tuesday morning as Luis Enrique gathered his diminished squad for training on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Munir passes Valencia medical | Football Espana
Forward Munir El Haddadi has passed a medical ahead of completing a loan move from Barcelona to Valencia. It emerged on Monday that the 20-year-old had opted to move to the Mestalla over Celta Vigo, who were also interested in taking him on a temporary basis.

Bartomeu: Barca will discuss new contract with Messi -
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said talks are already underway for Lionel Messi to sign a new contract. Messi is under contract until 2018 but Barcelona are keen to offer him fresh terms, following reports in July that a new deal had been agreed.

Woops! Barcelona run signed Paco Alcacer shirt competition… forget they haven’t signed him - LE BUZZ
’s widely accepted striker Paco Alcacer will swap Valencia for Barcelona, with the player reportedly undergoing a medical on Monday. However, as the summer transfer window trundles to a close, we’re still awaiting an official announcement. Unfortunately, the Barcelona media team didn’t get the memo and awkwardly featured a competition on their website which had a signed Alcacer shirt as a prize.

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