La Liga: Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha set to return to action after eight month injury layoff

Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Rafinha was given the all clear to return to action on Monday after eight months on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Granada FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

File image of Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha. AFP

The Brazilian international hasn't featured since limping off early in April's 4-1 win at Granada with a meniscus problem.

"FC Barcelona player Rafinha was medically cleared by doctors on Monday," the club said in a statement.

"After an arthroscopic procedure to fix the injury to his internal meniscus, the Brazilian midfielder has been working hard in order to be able to return to action."

Rafinha is expected to have to wait until the new year to make his return, though, with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde insisting he doesn't want to take any risks for this weekend's El Clasico away to Real Madrid.

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Updated Date: Dec 18, 2017 22:53 PM

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