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FC Barcelona News: 10 October 2018; Sergi Roberto Set for Injury Return, Camp Nou Partially Flooded

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The schedule for FC Barcelona’s international players | FC Barcelona
There are 10 first team Barça players away on international duty this week, for a mix of friendlies and UEFA Nations League matches. Luis Suárez will not be playing, after experiencing some knee discomfort.

Sergi Roberto will be available again after the international break | Sport
However, the versitile midfielder will be ready to return to action following the upcoming international break. This means he should be available for the top of the table clash with Sevilla at the Camp Nou on the 20th October.

Training without internationals | FC Barcelona
After a short recovery session on Monday, the players that aren’t away representing their countries were back at the Ciutat Esportiva on Tuesday to continue preparations. Coach Ernesto Valverde was back in charge after missing the previous section due to attending the 3rd UEFA Continuing Training License Course in Madrid.

Barcelona ‘prioritise deal’ for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt | Football Espana
Barcelona have made Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt ‘a top priority’ on their transfer list, according to reports in Spain. The 19-year-old has already won international recognition with the Netherlands, capped nine times, and has made 76 first team appearances for the Dutch giants.

Messi is having more rest this season than he has had in ten years | Marca
Although Argentina head to Saudi Arabia to face Iraq and Brazil, the Blaugrana captain will stay back and use the international break as a moment to relax. Messi didn’t take part in the previous couple of Albiceleste fixtures and has only played 935 minutes in 11 games, while last season he had exceeded the 1,300 minutes after the same number of matches.

Barcelona assure Malcom: Keep calm, you will get your chance to play | Marca
One of the big surprises of the season so far has been the somewhat irrelevant role that Malcom has played at Barcelona after joining from Bordeaux for 41 million euros in the summer. The Brazilian has only featured twice for the Catalan sideso far this season, and on neither occasion from the start.

Arturo Vidal denies issues with Barcelona: When I am mad, I go straight to the coach | ESPN
“When I have a problem or I am mad about something, I go straight to the coach and speak directly to him,” Vidal told reporters in Miami on Monday night ahead of Chile’s friendly on Friday vs. Peru. “You can have various reasons for posting these things on socials networks.”

Camp Nou has some areas flooded by heavy rain | Sport
The heavy rain did not affect the pitch itself thanks to the drainage system in place. Luckily for Barcelona they do not have any games at home until October 21, when they face Sevilla. They have time to fix everything before then.

Barcelona exit helped me ‘enjoy my profession’ - Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer | ESPN
Spain forward Paco Alcacer is convinced he made the right decision to leave Barcelona for Borussia Dortmund in August as he said he can now “enjoy my profession.” Alcacer, the Bundesliga’s leading scorer with six goals in 81 minutes, joined Dortmund on a season-long loan.

Barça Foundation supports UNICEF in the emergency caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia | FC Barcelona
More than 1,400 fatalities have already been recorded, with a further 17,000 people being displaced, and concerns have been raised for the children who have been left alone.Therefore, the Barça Foundation and UNICEF have agreed to allocate 200,000 euros with immediate effect to addressing this emergency.