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FC Barcelona News: 15 April 2017; Javier Mascherano Out of Match Squad, Aleix Vidal Continues Recovery

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PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
Following the Champions League defeat in Turin, FC Barcelona return to Liga action (Saturday 8.45pm CET) with lost ground to make up ahead of next week’s showdown with the leaders in El Clásico. Real Madrid, who play Sporting Gijón earlier on in the day, are currently three points clear with a game in hand, so the defending champions will settle for nothing less than a win.

Sergio Busquets back in the squad to face Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets is back in the side after sitting out the game at Juventus through a suspension of his own. In addition to long-term absentees through injury Aleix Vidal and Rafinha, Arda Turan is still not back to full fitness and Javier Mascherano has been added to the list of unavailable players with a calf problem.

Luis Enrique: Real Sociedad are a very tough side | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have the chance to bounce back from the recent domestic and continental disappointments when they face Real Sociedad on Saturday (8.45pm CET). However, Luis Enrique warns of a hugely tough match against one of the most competitive teams in the league, to his estimation.

Aleix Vidal continues to battle back to fitness | FC Barcelona
Two months have passed since Aleix Vidal suffered a horrendous ankle injury in the final minutes of the 6-0 win at Alavés – counting him out of active duty for an expected five months. His battle to regain fitness is going well and after working out in the gym for the last few weeks, on Friday he was back out on the Ciutat Esportiva training ground doing exercises on sand.

Barcelona need to bring Dani Alves back from Juventus - Xavi | ESPN
Xavi Hernandez thinks Barcelona greatly miss Dani Alves and said he wouldn't have to think twice before welcoming him back to the club. After eight seasons at Barca, Alves left for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, following Xavi, who had departed for Qatar the year before, out the Camp Nou exit door.