Thursday March 17 2016
Rafinha gets all-clear

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has had the all-clear to return to action, six months after he suffered a knee injury against Roma.

Mundo Deportivo reports Rafinha’s return, having been hurt against the Italians in a challenge with Radja Nainggolan.

Rafinha had to undergo surgery as a result but trained with his teammates on Thursday and is now available to Luis Enrique, it’s said, after the club’s medical department gave the go-ahead.

Thursday December 24 2015
Rafinha targets Olympics return

Rafinha hopes to be fit to play at next summer’s Olympics, and compares Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The midfielder is recovering from a serious knee injury and isn’t expected to play again this season, with AS reporting he told Brazilian publication O Globo that his aim is the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“I had an operation three months ago. I’ll start running in January and in March, I’ll return to the team,” he revealed, later adding he would like to one day play for Flamengo.

Monday November 2 2015
Rafinha pens new Barca deal

Barcelona have announced that Rafinha has agreed to extend his contract with the club until 2020.

As reported on La Blaugrana’s official website, the Brazilian midfielder will put pen to paper for the next five years imminently and has agreed a buyout clause of €75m.

Rafinha never appeared close to departing Camp Nou, despite his previous deal due to expire in the summer, with Luis Enrique promoting him to the first team in one of his first tasks as Barca Coach.

Sunday October 11 2015
Mestre: No Neymar talks... yet

Jordi Mestre admits Barcelona have yet to enter contract negotiations with Neymar but is confident his €190m release clause will not be met.

In a candid interview with Mundo Deportivo, the Vice-President – aside from touching on FIFA’s treatment of the club and Lionel Messi’s tax case – also discussed Barca’s plans for the January transfer window, Rafinha and Adriano’s new deals and the future of their ‘B’ team.

Friday September 18 2015
‘Barca can register Arda or Vidal’

Toni Freixa has claimed that Barcelona should be able to register either Arda Turan or Aleix Vidal following Rafinha’s season-ending injury.

Arda and Vidal were signed by La Blaugrana in the summer but are not eligible for selection until January due to the club’s FIFA-imposed transfer embargo.

Nonetheless, Barca’s former director and Presidential candidate insists the ban, which spanned two transfer windows, technically ended on September 1.

Thursday September 17 2015
Nainggolan ‘sorry’ for Rafinha injury

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has insisted that he did not mean to injure Rafinha following news of the Barcelona starlet’s ACL tear.

The Brazilian will miss the rest of the season after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee from a collision with the Giallorossi man during Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at the Olimpico.

“Sorry for the bad news Rafinha, it wasn’t my intention to hurt you,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.

“I hope to see you on the pitch soon. A big hug!”

Thursday September 17 2015
Barca to renew Rafinha deal

Barcelona will close the renewal of Rafinha’s contract despite his lengthy injury in a show of faith in the midfielder.

Mundo Deportivo reports the parties were about to sign off on a five-year contract extension, with Rafinha’s existing terms expiring in 2016.

Rafinha was on Thursday confirmed as suffering an anterior ligament tear against Roma and ruled out for most of the rest of the 2015-16 season.

Thursday September 17 2015
Confirmed: Rafinha suffers ACL injury

Barcelona have confirmed Rafinha tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Champions League draw with Roma.

It was on Thursday morning reported that the midfielder was facing a full season on the sidelines as he would need surgery to repair the damage.

Marca also suggested the Brazil international had injured his posterior cruciate ligament and, with recovery time also considered, would only play again this season at the very end of the campaign.

Thursday September 17 2015
Report: Rafinha out for the season

A report from Spain suggests Barcelona midfielder Rafinha will miss the rest of the season after a serious knee injury against Roma.

Marca say the newly-capped Brazil international has damaged anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and will undergo surgery.

Rafinha reportedly underwent an examination on Thursday morning after suffering the injury on Wednesday night in a challenge with Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

Wednesday September 16 2015
‘Very bad knee injury’ for Rafinha

Luis Enrique has confirmed that Rafinha suffered a “very bad knee injury” during Barcelona 1-1 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The midfielder replaced Ivan Rakitic on 62 minutes but left the pitch on a stretcher just three minutes later following a collision with Radja Nainggolan, leaving his Coach anxious as to the severity of his setback.

“It seems like a very bad knee injury for Rafinha,” he said after the game.

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