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FC Barcelona News: 21 October 2023; Preparations continue for Athletic Bilbao, Barça Femení Champions League group revealed

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Group Stage Draw Photo by Kristian Skeie - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Xavi: 'Injuries are no excuse' - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona coach looks ahead to Sunday's game with Athletic Club and particularly focuses on the progress in the treatment room

Three more players back training after international break - FC Barcelona
Coach Xavi Hernández has gradually welcomed back players this week following the recent break for international fixtures. On Friday three more blaugranes returned to action at the Ciutat Esportiva as Ter Stegen, İlkay Gündoğan and Ronald Araujo all present after appearing for their national team in the last few days.

Women's Champions League groups confirmed - FC Barcelona
Barça know who'll they'll be playing when they begin their defence of the UEFA Women's Champions League. In Nyon, Switzerland, they have been drawn in the same Group A as Rosengård, Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt. The director responsible for women's football, Xavi Puig, attended the event.

Youngsters Guiu, Fort and Unai in line for Barça first-team call-up - SPORT
Marc Guiu, Héctor Fort and Unai Hernández are in line for the Barcelona vs. Athletic Club game this Sunday. Barring an unexpected twist in the script, all three will be included in Xavi's squad, so they could have the chance to play their first official minutes with the first team.

Xavi angry and surprised by Nacho Fernandez's reduced suspension - SPORT
Xavi Hernández didn't want to express too much indignation at the difference in treatment between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona when it comes to sanctions for their players, but he did speak up on Friday.

Saudi Arabia sound out a move for Barcelona's Ansu Fati next season - SPORT
Any change involves a period of adaptation, but Ansu Fati's start to the season at Brighton has not been as positive as it could be. The player moved with the aim of making a return to Barcelona next summer, although he will need to raise his level to do so. In the midst of the uncertainty, Saudi Arabia has stepped in, determined to try and sign the striker for next season.

Martínez on reborn Barça star: "Joao Felix is in another dimension" - SPORT
Portugal coach Roberto Martínez has spoken about the footballing recovery that Joao Félix has shown in recent weeks. Martínez revealed the two keys that he considers fundamental for the Portuguese player to be at his best at the moment: his time in the Premier League and his new role at Barcelona, coached by Xavi.

Inter Miami consider Barça's Sergi Roberto but deal looks unlikely - SPORT
The departure of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba in the summer made Sergi Roberto the first captain of FC Barcelona. It is an honour and a dream for a player who joined the Blaugrana youth academy as a cadet and is now in his 18th season as a Culer, the last 14 of which have been spent in the first team.

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