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FC Barcelona News: 8 April 2017; 18-Man Squad Arrives in Malaga, Rafinha Out Four Months

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Rafinha out for four months | FC Barcelona
At midday on Friday local time the first team player Rafinha underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to resolve an injury to the internal meniscus. The operation was carried out by Dr.Ramon Cugat and Dr.Ricard Pruna. The player will be out for around four months.

Match Preview: Málaga vs FC Barcelona in Week 31 of La Liga | FC Barcelona
It all started last Sunday, when FC Barcelona jetted down to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spanish region of Andalusia, where they brushed aside Granada, 4–1. Then, back at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, the Catalans scored the game’s only three goals in an eight-minute span to make quick work of another Andalusian side, Sevilla.

Squad announced for Saturday's trip to Málaga
With Rafinha, Arda and Aleix Vidal all out through injury, the only unforced absence is goalkeeper Masip in a complete squad that reads as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Umtiti, Mathieu, Aleñá (28) and Carbonell (30).

Squad arrive in Málaga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have touched down in Málaga for Week 31 of La Liga. Luis Enrique's men left from El Prat airport at 10.40am CET ahead of Saturday night's match and arrived just before midday. A total of 18 players were called for the trip, with Jérémy Mathieu back in the squad, as is young Àlex Carbonell. Vice-president Jordi Mestre and members of the board Jordi Moix, Pau Vilanova and Xavier Vilajoana also joined the trip.

Messi, Suárez and Neymar are the most lethal trident in Europe | FC Barcelona
Messi, Suárez and Neymar Jr are in great form. The three strikers have been the protagonists in FC Barcelona’s latest run of victories as they have contributed 23 goals out of the 33 scored. In fact, the blaugranas have won eight of their last nine games and one of those wins was the epic 6-1 comeback against PSG which secured Barça’s place in the quarter finals of the Champions league.

Messi and Neymar, ready for the challenge ahead | FC Barcelona
The Argentine is having yet another fine season with 27 goals to his name in the league and he leads the scoring charts in La Liga and is in pole position in the race to become European Golden Shoe. In all competition Messi totals 43 goals in just 41 matches.