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Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcântara out indefinitely with hamstring injury


Real Sporting de Gijon v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique had his entire squad available for the first time since September, but now he's got another injury to worry about.

Brazilian midfielder Rafinha Alcântara is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, the club announced on Tuesday. Rafinha will not be available for the Copa del Rey match against Real Sociedad on Thursday, and while the club doesn't give a timetable for his return, muscle injuries usually take 15-20 days to heal, so Rafinha is probably out until the first week of February.

The 23-year-old is enjoying his best season as a Blaugrana, with 18 appearances and six goals in all competitions. Rafinha provides versatility as he can play in midfield or out wide in attack, and his absence probably means more minutes for Denis Suarez and Arda Turan for the next two or three weeks.

Get well soon, Rafa. You've become really important to us. We need you back quickly.

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