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FC Barcelona News: 29 April 2017: Iniesta Ruled Out Of Derby, Ronaldinho Shines In Return

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A round-up of all the latest Barca news

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Squad announcement for the Barcelona derby - FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced his match day squad for this Saturday’s derby at the RCDE Stadium at 8.45 pm CET. Barça need three points to continue putting pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race and to stay top of the table. Moreover, a derby is always a special match.

Barça Legends 3-2 Real Madrid Leyendas: Ronaldinho still has his magic - FC Barcelona
The Barça Legends have replicated what their peers did last Sunday by defeating Real Madrid 3-2, in the case of the veterans in Beirut on Friday evening. Ronaldinho was the biggest attraction as he donned the famous blaugrana shirt for a match for the first time since departing the club in 2008, and we were treated to several memories of his Brazilian magic, including assists for all three FCB goals, the first to Ludovic Giuly, which he did without even looking, a clone of the goal they scored against Milan in the 2006 Champions League semi-final.

Derby Preview: RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s last minute winner at the Santiago Bernabéu brought FC Barcelona’s Liga title campaign right back to life and the 7-1 thumping of Osasuna on Wednesday made sure things stayed that way. But there are still four ‘finals’ to go and the first of those is none other than a derby trip to neighbours RCD Espanyol on Saturday at 8.45pm CET.

Luis Enrique says Iniesta is a doubt for Espanyol game - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have another big game this weekend, one of the most important for the fans, when they take on Espanyol in the city derby in La Liga. In his pre-game press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva, coach Luis Enrique revealed that Andrés Iniesta was a doubt for the trip to the Cornellà-El Prat stadium on Saturday at 8.45pm CET. The Barça captain missed training on Friday morning due to a groin problem and Luis Enrique admitted: “We will have to wait until tomorrow to see if he can be included in the squad.”

Theo Hernandez closing in on summer transfer to Barcelona
Barcelona could deal a blow to Real Madrid by beating them to the signing of Atletico Madrid's Theo Hernandez. The transfer is not one they had prioritised for this season, but progress has been made in recent weeks. In recent weeks, Barça have worked with both the player and Atletico, who are never keen to sell to their city rival. They tension between the two clubs has increased due to Madrid's reported interest in Antoine Griezmann this season and Barça could be the ideal solution in the Theo case.

Neymar's magic against Espanyol - FC Barcelona
Neymar is no stranger to big performances against tough opposition and Espanyol are no exception. The Brazilian knows all about scoring and creating goals against Barça’s city rivals both at Camp Nou and at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium. The Barça number 11 will be back this weekend for Saturday’s derby at 8.45pm CET at Espanyol after completing his three games suspension.

Barcelona Transfer News: Sanchez deal being prepared by Nou Camp | Football | Sport | Express.co.uk
The Colombian is said to be valued at £21million (€25m) and is tipped to be Samuel Umtiti’s long-term defensive partner at the Nou Camp. Ajax are said to be realistic about their chances of keeping the player but are in no immediate need to sell. He cost the Dutch club just £4.2m when arriving from Atletico Nacional.