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FIFA reject Barcelona request to sign Vermaelen replacement

Barcelona have asked for permission from FIFA to sign a replacement for injured defender Thomas Vermaelen.

Esports Cope reports FIFA have rejected the possibility of Barcelona signing cover for long-term injury absentee Vermaelen.

The Belgian has started his recovery after undergoing surgery on his semitendinosus muscle of the right leg.

Barca had wanted special permission to sign a replacement, with a transfer ban looming for 2015.

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