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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2018; Lionel Messi Named Player of the Week, Sergi Samper Returns from Injury

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Messi, ‘Player of the Week’ in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has kicked off his 2018/19 campaign in the best possible style. The Argentine scored a hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven in the blaugranes’ 4-0 win on Tuesday at Camp Nou. His performance has led him to be named ‘Player of the Week’ by UEFA for Match Day 1.

Barcelona signings set to be given a chance against Girona with important games ahead | Marca
In reality Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti were only just back to training after the World Cup and for that reason Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet began in Morocco. Since then there has been little in the way of resting players in the four LaLiga Santander matches and the Champions League game. That is set to change now though with three league games against Girona, Leganes and Athletic coming up.

Sergi Samper back after injury | FC Barcleona
After a rest day, the squad returned to work on Thursday following their Champions League win in midweek over PSV Eindhoven in their first fixture in Group B. The players took part in a session at the Ciutat Esportiva with Brazilian midfielder Arthur training apart.

When and where to watch Barça vs Girona | FC Barcelona
Undefeated and first-place FC Barcelona host Girona in Week 5 of La Liga this Sunday at 8.45pm CEST, and this guide should help you work out when the action starts where you are.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Barça puts six goals past Girona in 2017/18 meeting at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will look to repeat last season’s performance versus Girona at Camp Nou when the two Catalan sides meet this Sunday at 8.45pm CEST in Week 5 of La Liga. Of course, scoring six goals would be more than welcome this time around as well, although Girona, currently in sixth place and coming off a big win over Celta, will do everything they can do avoid it.

Three Barcelona players called up by Brazil...14 years on! | Marca
Brazil coach Tite announced his 23-player list for the team’s friendly matches against Saudi Arabia (October 12) and Argentina (October 16) and three of Barcelona’s players have been called up for international duty. This is the first time in 14 years that Brazil have included three Blaugrana footballers and the chosen ones have been Philippe Coutinho, Arthur Melo and Malcolm Filipe Silva.