Rafinha back on the field six months later

Rafinha trains with the Brazil Olympic team. / CBF
The blaugrana midfielder played 30 minutes in the Brazil Olympic team’s friendly and had one asssist

Rafinha is back is action.

After being sidelined with an injury for six months, the FC Barcelona midfielder saw game action on Sunday in a friendly between the Brazil Under-23 team’s 3–1 win over a South America select squad. Rafinha played the last half hour of the match and helped create Brazil’s third goal, scored by Andreas Pereira.

The FC Barcelona midfielder tore his ACL on 16 September in the first game of the UEFA Champions League group stage against AS Roma at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, thus ending what had been a great start to the season for the rising star.

After undergoing surgery and six months of recovery, the FC Barcelona number 12 received medical clearance on 17 March. In an interview with fcbarcelona.com, Rafinha said that this was “a moment of immense happiness.”

His chance to get back on the field came when he was summoned to play for the Brazil Olympic team.

Rafinha did not play in the friendly against Nigeria on Thursday but did so on Sunday, which will allow him to rejoin Luis Enrique‘s squad with some valuable playing time under his belt.

Rafinha debuted with the Brazil national team last September, playing a total of 35 minutes in their friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States.