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FC Barcelona News: 31 December 2022; Lewandowski available for Espanyol, Ter Stegen named captain

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors


The Lowdown on RCD Espanyol - FC Barcelona
Saturday is derby day (kick-off 2.00pm CET), and here’s a closer look at Barça’s local rivals RCD Espanyol.

Lewandowski can play against Espanyol - FC Barcelona
Robert Lewandowski can play in the derby after all! The dispute settlement court in Madrid issued a precautionary measure against the suspension imposed by the court of arbitration for sport, meaning the Polish international will be able to line up against Espanyol in the 2pm CET kick-off at Spotify Camp Nou.

Araujo and Lewandowski in derby squad - FC Barcelona
Xavi has recovered the services of the injured Ronald Araujo, who was declared back to full fitness on Friday, and can also count on star striker Robert Lewandowski, who was originally suspended until he band was at least temporarily lifted as a precautionary measure by the court of disputes in Madrid.

Xavi says team 'motivated' for the derby - FC Barcelona
The Barça coach appears before the press ahead of Barça's return to La Liga action at home to Espanyol

Ter Stegen becomes new fourth captain - FC Barcelona
Ter Stegen has been named as the new fourth captain of FC Barcelona. The German, now in his ninth season at the club, is taking the place of the retired Gerard Piqué, and thus joins a foursome that also features first captain Sergio Busquets, and his two deputies Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba.

Espanyol kick off over Robert Lewandowski suspension freeze - SPORT
Espanyol have put out an angry statement after the court’s decision that Robert Lewandowski can face them on Saturday in the Catalan derby.

Xavi: We were preparing for Espanyol without Lewandowski - SPORT
Barcelona got the news on Friday that Robert Lewandowski would be available to play. The Polish striker was sent off against Osasuna and in theory was banned to face Espanyol after the sports court rejected an appeal. However a contentious decisions court in Madrid suspended the ban.

Xavi: Lamine Yamal? We have a project for him - SPORT
Barcelona have a raw diamond in their academy in Lamine Yamal, who is 15. The coach has used him in first team training and hailed him ahead of the clash with Espanyol. He believes he has an enormous talent with a big future at Barca.

Chelsea move ahead of Barca in race for Monaco's Badiashile - SPORT
Chelsea are moving quickly in the winter market. After signing Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana, the next player they are after is Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile. The 21-year-old defender could arrive for 35-40 million euros.

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