Barcelona can register Arda Turan but are scared of FIFA repercussions, claims Toni Freixa

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The anterior cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Rafinha Alcantara at AS Roma on Wednesday night has left Barcelona with somewhat of an injury crisis.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder is likely to miss the rest of the season after a tackle from Radja Nainggolan forced him to be stretchered off, three minutes after entering the game.

The unfortunate injury means the Camp Nou club are left with only five recognised central midfielders at their disposal and, frustratingly, Arda Turan, who can not be registered until January.


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However, according to former Barca executive Toni Freixa, the Blaugrana are well within their rights to register the Turkish international but are scared of upsetting FIFA.

As per Spanish newspaper Sport, the former presidential candidate said: "For two transfer windows [they were banned], last winter and this summer, and it is already over.

"FIFA, in this case, has nothing to say because the sanction has ended. But the club is afraid to face FIFA as unresolved cases of minors remain."

The current La Liga and Champions League holders are under increased scrutiny from the football governing body over the signing of youth players to their La Macia academy.

Having already served a two-window transfer ban for their persistent illegal activity involving the acquisition of minors, the Catalan club face yet another investigation from FIFA.

Following the injury to Rafinha, Barca are left with Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Roberto to occupy the central positions.

However, Roberto has been playing at right-back in the absence of Dani Alves this season, while Mascherano is often deployed in central defence.

The players listed are top quality but any more injuries, with so many games left before the January transfer window, could lead to disaster at the Camp Nou.

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