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FC Barcelona News: 11 October 2018; Internationals Set for Action, Samuel Umtiti Recovery Worrisome

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Barcelona fear Samuel Umtiti out until 2019 with knee injury | Football Espana
At the very least, the Cameroon-born player will miss out this month’s games against Sevilla, Inter and Real Madrid but there are fears it could be a significant absence. Umtiti underwent treatment to regenerate the cartilage rather than undergo a knee operation, but this does not appear to be working and he may now need to be operated upon.

Lionel Messi to be subject of new Cirque du Soleil show | Sky Sports
The life of Lionel Messi will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show in 2019. The Montreal-based performance group will take the production on an international tour next year, saying it will “artistically translate the unparalleled talent that Messi displays in each match”.

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona form not normal | Football Espana
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has admitted the club’s current run of form ‘is not normal’ but explained ‘there is no need to panic’. The Brazilian arrived from Liverpool in January and helped the club to last season’s league title but Ernesto Valverde’s side have picked up just three points in their last four games.

Ter Stegen does __________ every time Barça score a goal? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is strong, serious, and smart in the net. The German, who recently played his 150th match with Barça, has become a mainstay since coming over in 2014 from his childhood club, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Ter Stegen has made many spectacular saves over the years — but how does he celebrate when his teammates score goals at the other end?

Come along with us over to Arthur’s House, on game day! | FC Barcelona
For every athlete, game day is a special day. But before stepping out onto the field for pre-game warmups and then the match itself, there are other things to do in order to prepare oneself for competition. For most footballers, the early hours on game day are a time to rest, relax, fuel up, and begin preparing mentally. For Barça’s Arthur Melo, it’s no different.

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. Here is the list of fixtures and who’s involved.

Final training session of the week | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players not on international duty this week took part in a training session on Thursday morning, given a workout on Pitch 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva. The exception was Carles Aleña, who trained with the Barça B squad. A brief break is set for the coming days, as the players are given time off before returning to action on Tuesday at 11am. Following the rest period, the team face a hectic schedule of 7 games in the space of 20 days.

Barcelona yet to make Valverde future call as deal runs down | Goal
Barcelona are yet to make a decision on whether Ernesto Valverde will remain their manager past the end of the current campaign. The Camp Nou giants handed the former Athletic Club boss a two-year contract upon his appointment in the summer of 2017.