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FC Barcelona News: 8 December 2023; Preparations begin for Girona, Ronald Araujo rejects Manchester United

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Counting down to the derby - FC Barcelona
There's a bumper game coming up at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys this weekend as FC Barcelona host fellow Catalan side Girona, who are currently joint leaders of the championship, four points clear of Barça. Following a welcome break for two days, the players were back at the Ciutat Esportiva this Thursday morning to continue preparing for the upcoming challenge.

The lowdown on Girona FC - FC Barcelona
Not only is it a derby but it's also a clash between the teams currently third and second in the Liga table on Sunday at 9pm CET. Here's the lowdown on a team that's been raising plenty of eyebrows this season.

Barcelona won't allow any players to be sold during winter transfer window - Football España
Xavi Hernandez will hope that his side can step things up in the second half of the season, and the squad will be added to in January, as Vitor Roque will make his long-awaited arrival from Athletico Paranaense. Another midfielder may also arrive to replace Gavi, who is out until next season. On top of this, MD say that no one will be allowed to leave Barcelona during the winter. It means that Xavi will have plenty of options available at his disposal so that success can be sought on all fronts.

Barcelona star rejected chance to double salary at Manchester United - Football España
Barcelona star Ronald Araujo is much-loved by the fanbase in Catalonia and beyond, and it is an affection that continues to grow with every passing anecdote. This week he rejected surgery in order to play against Girona on Sunday, and will do so with a face mask on to protect his fractured cheek bone. Araujo, 24, is already one of the leaders of this Barcelona side, and has worn the armband on occasion this season too.

Revealed: Barcelona complicit in Ousmane Dembele exit to Paris Saint-Germain - Football España
The departure of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona shocked many this past summer. Given a key role and plenty of love by manager Xavi Hernandez, for the first time it looked as if Dembele was content at the club. Yet Paris Saint-Germain whisked him away for his €50m release clause.

Ronald Araujo displays spectacular mask which will allow him to continue playing with fractured cheekbone - Football España
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has a troubled injury history, but that does not mean to say he is not able to handle pain or put his body on the line. Despite suffering from a facial fracture, the Uruguayan will forego surgery in order to continue playing, starting with Girona on Sunday.

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