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Barca midfielder Rafinha breaks nose after clashing with Ter Stegen
February 5, 2017 / 12:09 PM / 9 months ago

Barca midfielder Rafinha breaks nose after clashing with Ter Stegen

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has broken his nose and could miss their King’s Cup semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as well as the first match of their Champions League tie with Paris St Germain on Feb. 14.

Britain Football Soccer - FC Barcelona Press Conference - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland - 22/11/16 Barcelona's Rafinha during the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic/File Photo

The Brazil international was inadvertently kicked in the face by his goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and was forced to leave the pitch with a bloodied face.

The player posted a picture on social media after the game of a thick gash above his eyebrow, although Barcelona’s medical report stated he had also injured his nose. “Tests have confirmed Rafinha has a broken nose. The evolution of his wound will determine his availability,” it said.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was also taken off against Athletic with what appeared to be a hamstring strain, although the club’s medical report said he was substituted as a precaution and has not made any further announcement on the injury.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis

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