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Rafinha undergoes knee surgery

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing successful knee surgery.

The Brazil international is yet to feature for Barca this season after sustaining an injury to his knee in April and he has undergone a second operation to improve things on Sunday.

Barca are yet to confirm the time which the midfielder will spend on the sidelines but it is expected he will not play until next year.

A short statement on the club’s official website read: “The first team player Rafinha underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Sunday on his right knee.

“It is worth remembering that the Barça number 12 is yet to feature for the team this season and that he underwent similar surgery on the internal meniscus of his right knee on 7 April of this year.

“The Brazilian midfielder has played 78 games for the FC Barcelona first team, scoring 11 goals.”

Barcelona made it seven wins out of seven as they beat Las Palmas 3-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s meeting between the two sides was centre of much controversy as Barca’s request for it to be postponed due to the Catalonia Independance Referendum was rejected by La Liga.

A goal-less first half saw Sergio Busquets be the unlikely scorer for Barca as they took the lead shortly after the restart, as he headed in a corner.

Lionel Messi would then bag a brace after two good assists from the impressive Denis Suarez, scoring his 10th and 11th league goals of the season.

The result leaves Barca sitting top the table, having won seven out of seven league games this season.

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