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FC Barcelona News: 25 November 2023; Frenkie de Jong returns, Ter Stegen out as Barça visit Rayo Vallecano

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Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Frenkie de Jong back in the squad for the trip to Rayo Vallecano - FC Barcelona
The league is back and Barça have a tough away trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday with an early kick off time to boot of 2pm CET. The blaugranes need a win to keep pace with the leaders at the top of La Liga and the good news for coach Xavi Hernández is that Frenkie de Jong is back in the squad for the first time since the end of September after his recovery from an ankle injury.

The lowdown on Rayo Vallecano - FC Barcelona
La Liga is back this weekend and FC Barcelona are away to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday at 2pm CET. Let’s take a closer look at the team with the iconic red sash.

Alejandro Balde: 'Rayo is a tough away trip' - FC Barcelona
The Barça defender looks ahead to Saturday's game in Vallecas and the reflects on the team's start to the 2023/24 season

Xavi fears 'really difficult trip' - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona coach looks ahead to a game against a side that has given his side a lot of trouble in recent years

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez backs radical FIFA shake up for international football - Football España
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has backed a radical shake up of the football calendar, and in the process confirmed that FIFA were considering it as an option. After a fresh batch of injuries that has laid low a number of stars during the latest international break, many managers have spoken out about the demands on players, and the increasing number of games.

Xavi Hernandez confirms Barcelona will look to sign Gavi replacement in January transfer window - Football España
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has confirmed that they will consider going into the market to compensate for Gavi’s season-ending injury. The 19-year-old midfielder suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Georgia while on Spain duty on Sunday evening, something Xavi denied had caused any ire towards Spain manager Luis de la Fuente for his handling of Gavi’s fitness.

Barcelona have plan for Vitor Roque's arrival at club mapped out - Football España
Roque is in the final stages of his recovery from an ankle ligament injury, although it is expected that he could make his return from injury as early as this weekend for Athletico Paranaense, who are fighting for continental qualification in the Brazilian Serie A. They have four games remaining over the course of the next 12 days, with their final clash on the 6th of December against Cuiaba.

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