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Barcelona contact Brazil over Raphinha fitness amid injury crisis

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The Catalans return to action without several key players after the international break.

Barcelona have asked Brazil’s coaching staff to avoid overworking Raphinha during their ongoing set of friendlies.

The Catalans are spending a nightmarish international break, losing several key members of their squad to injuries. 

Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay have all come back to Camp Nou with fitness problems.

The club have also confirmed Hector Bellerin picked up a knock during a training session on Tuesday. But the severity of his injury is not clear.

Barca’s coaching staff has made contact with Brazil to avoid another injury blow.

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“In order for there to be maximum transparency, I tell you that today the Barcelona coaching staff spoke to our physical trainer and asked us to be careful of Raphinha,” Brazil manager Tite revealed.

“They have lost Araujo and for this reason they are worried. They asked us how the player is, if he is training well.

“The calendar of the big clubs is very congested and this worries us because until we meet for the World Cup, the players will play two games a week.”

Raphinha started for Brazil in their 3-0 win over Ghana on Friday. The Selecao will meet Tunisia in their next friendly game while Barca prepare to face Mallorca in La Liga.