Rafinha returns to full fitness ahead of prospective summer transfer

The midfielder missed most of the season with a serious injury

 El jugador ha comenzado a correr tras la lesión que sufrió en la rodilla el pasado diciembre | @rafalcantara

Rafinha has medical clearance to play football again. Barcelona confirmed as much in a short statement on Tuesday after the Brazilian midfielder missed the majority of the season injured. 

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"After seven months out, the Brazilian has recovered from the left anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered last November in Barça's Week 13 La Liga match against Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano," the Catalan club said.

"That day, Rafinha came on as a substitute in the second half and finished the match. Before that game, the Barça number 12 had played in three matches -- against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League, and versus Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in La Liga -- in which he was pencilled into the starting XI due to an injury to Leo Messi."

Rafinha played for 40 minutes with the injury against Atletico and it was only in the following days that the severity of the injury became clear. 

Now he's fit, he is expected to leave Camp Nou. According to Superdeporte, Valencia are one of the clubs keen on signing him. They are also interested in Barça midfielder Denis Suarez. 

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