Rafinha is back fit and showed Barcelona what they’ve been missing with an assist as Brazil’s Under-23 team beat South Africa last night.
The 23-year-old midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball for the Spanish club since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in September’s Champions League clash with Roma.
But he returned to training two weeks ago and got one of his first tastes of action as Brazil’s U23 team beat South Africa 3-1 in Maceio last night.
Rafinha didn’t start in the game, but came off the bench with his country in the lead and went on to lay on a goal for Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira:
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It will be encouraging for Luis Enrique and everyone involved with Barca to see Rafinha make a successful return to the pitch ahead of a big season run-in for the club.
The Catalan giants are still competing on all fronts as they sit top of La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – all three competitions they won last year.
And if they’re going to repeat that remarkable feat, they’ll need to call on the services of almost every squad player, including Rafinha.