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All you need to know as domestic football takes a break

Uruguay v France: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The international break is here once again, and many of Barcelona’s stars are off around the globe to represent their national teams.

There are some tasty fixtures on the horizon too. Brazil host Uruguay in a friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, while Croatia take on Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday.

Here’s a look at how you can catch up with Barcelona’s internationals over the next week or so:

Jasper Cillessen

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Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen should see plenty of game time with Ronald Koeman’s team.

The Oranje face two Nations League games in the space of a few days. First up are world champions France in Rotterdam, where Cillessen will face the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

The Netherlands then finish their campaign against Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Die Mannschaft are yet to win a game in the tournament and lost 3-0 to Holland in Amsterdam.

Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets

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The big Spain news is that Jordi Alba is in the squad for the first time under Luis Enrique ahead of games against Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets have also been called up, as Spain look to bounce back from defeat to England last time out.

The game against Croatia promises to be intriguing. La Roja thrashed the World Cup finalists 6-0 last time out, the heaviest loss in Croatia’s history.

Arturo Vidal

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Arturo Vidal has been making an impression at Barcelona in recent weeks with goals against Real Madrid and Real Betis.

He should see plenty more playing time for Chile, as they face friendlies against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Arthur & Rafinha

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There’s no Philippe Coutinho or Malcom for Brazil, but Rafinha has been handed a surprise call up for friendly games against Uruguay and Cameroon.

Arthur is also in the squad for the games which take place in England. Brazil play Uruguay at the Emirates and then face Cameroon at the home of Milton Keynes Dons.

Ousmane Dembele

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Ousmane Dembele may be relieved to be away from the spotlight at Barcelona after making headlines all week and then being left out of the squad for Real Betis.

He’s with the France squad for a Nations League game against the Netherlands and then a friendly with Uruguay at the Stade de France.

France boss Didier Deschamps has spoken ahead of the game about how Dembele is habitually late and needs to improve, and it seems he has some work to do to impress his national team manager too.

Ivan Rakitic

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Ivan Rakitic is with the Croatia squad who take on Spain and then England in the Nations League. Zlatko Dalic’s side have struggled for form since the World Cup and a win would be warmly welcomed.

The Barcelona midfielder has barely had a break this season, but his red card against Betis last time out means he will miss the club’s next game against Atletico Madrid when he returns from international duty.

Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez is back in the Uruguay squad after missing out last time due to the imminent arrival of his third child.

He’s been in fine form for Barcelona recently and was named La Liga’s Player of the Month for October.

Uruguay play some tasty friendlies against Brazil and then France, and Suarez will be hoping to regain his goalscoring touch after failing to score against Inter and Real Betis.