Reports from Spain reveals that world football governing body, FIFA, have rejected Barcelona’s plea of trying to replace injured Rafinha with one of their new signings owing to the fact that they are still serving a transfer ban.
This leaves the Spanish giants one man short in their UEFA Champions League squad. This development was revealed by Barca boss himself, Luis Enrique.
Rafinha is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the European champions’ 1-1 draw at Roma in midweek.
However, the Catalans still signed Arda Turan and Vidal in the summer transfer window despite the fact they won’t be allowed to play until early next year.
“The club already consulted FIFA a few months ago and the answer was no,” Luis Enrique said on Saturday.
“I can say that we won’t be able to count on the players we have signed until January.”
The lack of options on offer to the Barcelona coach has been exacerbated by a raft of early season injuries as Thomas Vermaelen will also miss Sunday’s visit of Levante, while Gerard Pique completes his four-game suspension.
On the otherhand, Brazillian full-back, Dani Alves may be fit to return at right-back after a three-week absence as he returned to training on Friday.
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