Rafinha returns to action for FC Barcelona

Rafinha played a little over 30 minutes against Atletico / VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
The Brazilian makes long-awaited comeback in Champions League quarter-final following six months out through injury

As well as victory during Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, there was double joy for FC Barcelona as Rafinha made his long-awaited return to the field.

The Brazilian, who missed six months of the season after an injury picked up against AS Roma in September, came on in the 63rd minute for Ivan Rakitic and helped the team complete a 2-1 turnaround.

Speaking to the press after the game, Rafinha revealed his delight at being back in action and able to help the team: “I trained very hard during the last few months to get back to this level”.

Luis Enrique also spoke of his joy to have the midfielder back at his disposal, admitting that he thought “we would not have him for the rest of the season. The medics did an excellent job, it’s great news”.