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FC Barcelona News: 12 August 2019; Barcelona Lose Goalkeeper Neto to Injury as Opening Day Nears

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A decade of opening day victories | FC Barcelona
Barça travel to San Mamés, Bilbao this Friday (9.00pm CEST) for the opening game of La Liga 2019/20 against Athletic Club. It’s the tenth time the Catalans have faced the Lions in their debut fixture, and in such games to date have won six, drawn two and lost just once, way back in 1949.

Neto, with a scaphoid bone fracture | FC Barcelona
In the last training session, first team player Neto suffered a bruise on his left wrist. The tests have diagnosed a scaphoid bone fracture. The treatment to follow, and the time the player is out for, will be determined on Monday.

Neto to undergo surgery on hand this Tuesday | FC Barcelona
Goalkeeper Neto is to undergo surgery this Tuesday on a fractured scaphoid bone in his left hand sustained in training while on the US tour. Doctor Xavier Mir will perform the operation in the presence of the Club Medical Services. Afterwards, he will make a statement to explain how the surgery has gone and to offer an approximate recovery date.

Training schedule before the start of La Liga | FC Barcelona
After the tour of the United States, this week the Blaugrana will step up their training before playing their first league game of the new season, taking place next Friday, August 16, against Athletic Club (9.00pm CEST) at San Mamés. On Monday, the team will rest, to finish recovering from jet lag, but on Tuesday they will return to work. So, let’s look at the detailed work plan for the first team from August 12 to 19:

Barcelona working on Rafinha and Riqui Puig departures | Marca
Barcelona are aiming to resolve the futures of Rafinha and Riqui Puig in the week ahead. With numerous options in midfield, neither of the two are likely to get much game time in the new season and the club is working on the best solution for the pair.

FC Barcelona want Juan Miranda to accept loan move to Marseille | Sport
Olympique Marseille want to secure the loan signing of Juan Miranda this week. Andre Villas-Boas is keen to add the 19-year-old to his squad, who also has an offer from Juventus, but the coaching staff at Barça would prefer he goes to France.