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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2019; Arthur Still Out of Match Squad, Two Full Backs Make Return

Barcelona V Real Valladolid, La Liga regular season. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

PREVIEW: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
After the excellent 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, Barça are back in La Liga action this Saturday with a trip to San Sebastián to take on Real Sociedad. The blaugranes face their final away fixture of 2019 on Saturday at 4pm CET against a Basque side who are riding high in La Liga.

The squad for the trip to Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
One of the most demanding weeks of the season is upon us. On Saturday Barça visit the Basque Country to take on Real Sociedad in the league before welcoming none other than Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday in the same competition. The week ends with the visit of Alavés also at home in the league, the last game before the winter break.

Griezmann braced for another hostile homecoming at the Reale Arena | Marca
After the antagonistic reception he received at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Antoine Griezmann is braced for another unwelcome homecoming. The Barcelona forward has been whistled by the Reale Arena crowd every time he’s returned since leaving Real Sociedad for Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Valverde has his entire defence: Alba and Semedo are back | Marca
Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are ready to return to action, having received the medical all-clear and been included in Barcelona’s squad to face Real Sociedad in San Sebastian on Saturday afternoon.

Arthur’s Barcelona rollercoaster: Snowboarding, scooters, injuries, Neymar... | Marca
Arthur Melo has been left out of Barcelona’s matchday squad to face Real Sociedad on Saturday in what is the latest setback for the midfielder. The Brazilian has suffered from fitness problems this season, especially since returning from the November international break.

Real Betis coach Rubi talks about interest in Barça’s Carles Aleña | Sport
Real Betis coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, Rubi, has been speaking about the possibility of signing Carles Aleña on loan from Barcelona in January. Rubi did not want to give any names but he did confirm that the improving La Liga side would like to bring in a midfielder when the transfer window opens.

Ashley Cole: I’d like a defender to win the Ballon d’Or, but Messi is not normal | Marca
Ashley Cole has admitted that, although he’d like to see a defender win the Ballon d’Or, it’s unlikely because of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance. Virgil van Dijk was tipped to win the 2019 award by many after winning the Champions League with Liverpool, but Messi was the one with the most votes.

Dani Alves back in Barcelona and visits his ex-teammates at training | Sport
Dani Alves has not forgotten his time at Barcelona. The Brazilian international, who has finished his first season with Sao Paulo, has taken advantage of some time off to return to the Catalan city for personal reasons. And, of course, while in town he was obliged to visit his former teammates.

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