La Liga: Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha set to return to action after eight month injury layoff
Rafinha, the Brazilian international hasn't featured since limping off early in April's 4-1 win at Granada with a meniscus problem.
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.
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.
This weekend, Barcelona are at home to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid host Sevilla with six points separating the top four. If this title race needed more drama, the fixture list has provided it.
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It might not be a winner-takes-all clash like in 2014, victory could give either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona the momentum needed to go on and claim the title.
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