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11/24/2013
 
Adriano will not play against Ajax in the Champions League having sprained the ligaments in his left ankle, while Xavi Hernández made Tata Martino's squad after recovering from a muscle strain to his left leg. Suspended striker Alexis Sánchez also misses out on the trip to Amsterdam, whilst Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Jonathan dos Santos, Ibrahim Afellay, Cristian Tello and Lionel Messi all remain ruled out through injury.

A coaching decision once again saw striker Isaac Cuenca miss out on a place in the squad.

The squad list includes under-18 player Adama Traoré and Barça B trio Jean Marie Dongou, Patric Gabarrón and Sergi Gómez. Martino is taking a total of 19 players to Amsterdam: Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Piqué, Puyol, Bartra, Mascherano, Sergi Gómez, Sergio Busquets, Song, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Sergi Roberto, Patric, Pedro, Neymar, Adama and Dongou.
 
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11/05/2013
 

Jonathan dos Santos will be out for some six months after undergoing an arthroscopic on his knee, according to reports from the medical services of the Catalan club. More specifically, the Mexican underwent surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. The operation was performed at the Dexeus clinic by doctors Joan Carles Monllau and Ricard Pruna.


Dos Santos picked up a knee injury on 23rd October, whilst training with Barça. The midfielder, who turned down a move to Real Sociedad this summer to stay with the 'Azulgranas', believes that he'll receive the medical all clear to return to the pitch before the end of the season.

 
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10/24/2013
 

Not long ago in the summer of 2010, Zizinho was on ESPN Deportes Radio upset with the manners that the FMF treated the youngest of his sons, Jonathan dos Santos. He opened up his sentiments and claimed that it was not fair for Javier Aguirre to call his son up for a “pre” call-up ahead of the South Africa World Cup, and at the end, not pick him to go to the main event. It was a huge bust for the dos Santos family; a moment to see the two brothers representing Mexico in the World Cup is the dream, but in 2010 it did not happen.

 

On Thursday Oct. 24th, 2013, it was confirmed by the FC Barcelona medics that Jonathan will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his ACL on his right knee, Nov. 5th. It was also reported that he will be away from the game for six months. This season under Argentine Tata Martino’s guidance, Jonathan only participated in three official games against Valencia, Rayo Vallecano, and Almería.

 

Since 2010, there is a cloud of uncertainty as to what kind of player Jonathan dos Santos can be and should be. His games with FC Barcelona B showed a Jona that took the role of captain in full swing. In Barça B he was the most elegant with the pass and reading of the matches, there was something in him that captivated the conglomerations of scouts that make the trip to Barcelona specifically to take a look at the “B” team of the blaugranas.

 

He was a promising talent that up to this day continues to be so because he has not relinquished the wish to make it big with FC Barcelona. His injury took place in the first training session preparing for the Clásico next Saturday. For Jonathan, the next six months are of reflection and thought because his injury happens at a moment in his career where his urge to break through with Barça has not permitted him to have constant competitive minutes since that father outburst moment in 2010.

 

It happens in a moment that a team that is playing Champions League like Real Sociedad is missing a midfielder capable to read the games and connect passes with speedy forwards such as Carlos Vela, Antoine Griezmann, and Haris Seferovic. Real Sociedad has three Champions League losses that has the team almost eliminated from any chance to make the Round of 16, and even miss out one of those consolation passes to play the Europa League. His decision was to stay and wait, even if he had all it planned out with the Donostiarra club. There was something about Tata Martino’s persuasion that made Jonathan chang his mind and shut the door to an offer that would be enticing to any other young 23-year old midfielder in Europe.

 

In Barcelona, his serious knee injury is a piece of news but looking at the overall picture, Jonathan dos Santos being out for six months does not hurt the club’s aspirations to win titles because he is a promising talent, not a confirmation. And that was his choice, which makes the World Cup is a long shot for now.     

 
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09/21/2013
 

Maybe it was meant to be. Maybe it was meant to be that there had to come a time where patience would not be enough, and that as much appreciation and love you have for a club and a city that saw you become a man would have to be put on the side to migrate to another city and to do what gives you income; football. Jonathan dos Santos will not negate another opportunity. He is flooded in a stream of emotions that motivate him to one end result; the World Cup.

 

It is that momentous occasion in a footballer’s career that lives forever and will never be forgotten, especially if you add the fact that by your side will be your older brother wearing the same colors and having your back on the pitch. Who knows how many times Jonathan and Giovani have had that conversation of playing a World Cup together.

 

Gerardo “Tata” Martino said in his presentation day that he wanted to count with all of the players on the squad, among them was Jonathan, who was being closely followed by Carlos Vela’s Real Sociedad. La Real had the plan all prepared. With the loss of Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid for $54 million, the txuri-urdin directors and Jagoba Arrasate, the manager, picked the younger of the dos Santos brothers to replace one of La Real’s former superstars.

 

But, even if the plan was complete, Jonathan did not give a  “yes,” and rather waited to have a one-on-one conversation with "Tata" Martino to convinced him to stay and give a “no” to la Real. The case was closed, Jona stayed put with the club of his life, while La Real went to London and got former Real Madrid midfielder Estaban “Pirata” Granero on loan from Queens Park Rangers. For La Real this was a good player to have on the team, his experience would be of good help for a youngster like Ruben Pardo, whose progression is reaching its last stages and in later months could reach his peak like Illarra did before leaving to Real Madrid.   

 

This past week during Real Sociedad’s debut in Champions League, Granero tore his ACL and will be out for six months. Also, another important midfielder like Zurutuza has a knock, but not as substantial like Granero’s injury. This situation has the San Sebastián club in red alert; it needs a midfielder to cover for Granero. Arrasate knows that Pardo has to follow a specific process, while his leader Xabi Prieto is not a player that can play all La Liga and Champions League games. He is a player that needs the same treatment Xavi gets with FC Barcelona.

 

With only ten minutes played in the season, Jonathan once again becomes a Real Sociedad target. And even if there are reports suggesting that he would not be able to play Champions League, while others say that if La Real makes it out of the group stage, he will be able to show in the knockout rounds, Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo says that Jonathan would agree to move to San Sebastián even if he only plays La Liga and Copa del Rey matches.


For Jonathan dos Santos to play constant minutes with FC Barcelona, two of the big fishes would have to be injured like a Cesc and Xavi. At the moment he is between fifth or sixth on line behind Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets Cesc, Song, and Sergi Roberto. Maybe Martino should have been more straightforward to a dreamy Jonathan and told him that he would mostly show in games against teams that would be battling relegation and Copa del Rey matches against Segunda B teams.

 

Jonathan wants to play the World Cup, and if La Real offers him the exact offer it did months ago, it is an opportunity he cannot afford to throw away for a second time. Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo says it all depends on what Tata says for the deal to occur, or not.  

 
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