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FC Barcelona News: 3 September 2016; Lionel Messi Returns Early, Andre Gomes Picks Up Injury

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Injured Messi leaves Argentina | Football Espana
Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona after pulling up with a pelvic injury while representing Argentina. Messi scored the winner in Argentina’s 1-0 win against Uruguay on Thursday to move his country top of the South American qualifying section for World Cup 2018 but now faces a race against time to be fit for Barca’s visit of Alaves in La Liga next weekend.

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes out of Portugal squad -
Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has withdrawn from Portugal's squad after suffering a muscle injury to his right leg during Thursday's 5-0 friendly win over Gibraltar. Gomes will miss the European champions' opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday as a result.

Jordi Alba delighted with the signing of Paco Alcácer | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made their sixth signing of the summer earlier this week by bringing in Paco Alcácer from Valencia, and one man who knows him better than most believes it is a superb decision by the club. Jordi Alba, who is currently on international duty for Spain with the striker, says "Barça has chosen very well with the signing of Paco Alcácer".

La Liga news: Paco Alcacer's heart was with Barcelona - Valencia president Lay Hoon Chan -
Valencia president Chan Lay Hoon insists the club wanted to keep hold of "icon" Paco Alcacer but says the striker's heart was with Barcelona. Alcacer, 23, completed a move to Barca on Tuesday, leaving his boyhood club in a deal that cost an initial €30million.

Fernandez confirms Barcelona wanted to keep Bravo -
Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez insists nobody told Claudio Bravo he would be second choice goalkeeper and says the Spanish champions were keen to retain his services. Bravo moved to Manchester City last month citing a desire to play under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, while the promise of being first choice in the Champions League is thought to have been a factor.

All the changes to FC Barcelona's Champions League Group C opponents | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Champions League 2016/16 campaign gets going on Tuesday 13 September. With the transfer window now closed, the squad is complete, with not just the board but also Luis Enrique talking about one of the best ever at the Catalan club. But what kind of deals have been happening this summer at Barça’s three group stage rivals? Let’s have a look and see…

Rafinha: The expectation at FC Barcelona is to win everything | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set to start his third season in the first team, and will do so as a gold medalist following his triumph in the recent Rio Olympics with Brazil. The 23-year-old, proudly donning his medal, spoke to Barça TV about the season ahead, and how he feels going into it.

FC Barcelona lands in New York | FC Barcelona
On September 6 in New York, FC Barcelona is set to open its new office in the United States, a country where it intends to be there to stay. This new corporate facility will be used for intense activity, and especially commercial activity, that supposes a huge step forward in the international expansion of a club that is already renowned and consolidated as a global phenomenon.

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