Unfortunately, the La Masia graduate was forced to leave his national team's training site and will not be able to play in the tournament, which will be held in the United States and in celebration of the competition's 100th anniversary. As a result, Brazil's head coach Dunga has called on Lucas Moura to replace Rafinha.
After fighting for months to recover from the devastating ACL injury suffered in September 2015, Rafinha actually defended the Barca colours in the final of the Copa del Rey against Sevilla, the Catalans' final game of the season. His contribution as a late substitute helped Luis Enrique's men conquer the title, completing a memorable domestic league double of Liga and Copa.
Here's hoping that Rafinha can fully recover from his latest injury and become healthy enough to prove his worth at Barca. Given his immense talent and obvious hunger for success, it is hopefully only a matter of time until the Brazil international establishes himself at the highest level and can challenge Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta for a starting spot at the Camp Nou.