Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento
There was more good news for Barcelona on the injury front, with the Clasico now only a little over two weeks away.
Philippe Coutinho is being linked to Barcelona once more but head coach Ernesto Valverde is not prepared to get involved.
Mazinho insists Rafinha is not looking to leave Barcelona, contrary to reports, and retains a good relationship with Ernesto Valverde.
LaLiga leaders Barcelona confirmed Rafinha underwent knee surgery, amid reports the midfielder will miss another two months.
From Paulo Dybala to Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and La Masia, we take a look at the candidates to succeed Neymar in the Barcelona team.
From Paulo Dybala to Alexis Sanchez via La Masia, we take a look at the candidates to succeed Neymar in the Barcelona team.
Rafinha has undergone knee surgery, ruling the midfielder out of Barcelona's bids for LaLiga, Champions League and Copa del Rey glory.
Barcelona's 4-1 win over Granada in LaLiga on Sunday came at a price as Rafinha suffered a knee injury during the victory.
Barcelona will have Neymar and Rafinha available to face Valencia, but Jeremy Mathieu and Arda Turan have been left out of the squad.
Barcelona are likely to be without Neymar and Rafinha when they visit Deportivo La Coruna in LaLiga on Sunday.