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Barcelona and Real Madrid players who could miss the El Clasico

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona battles for the ball with Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on April 2, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Real Madrid are on top of the league with 33 points, with Barcelona trailing them by 6

Barcelona will be hosting Real Madrid on the 3rd of December, as the El Clasico returns. The match is bound to be a hotly contested fixture despite the fact that a number of star players could miss out the important game. Real Madrid are on top of the league with 33 points, with Barcelona trailing them by 6. 

Here are the players who could miss a title-deciding derby.


PlayerType of injuryStatusReturn date
Andres IniestaKnee injuryDoubtfulBack in training
Jordi AlbaKnee/ankle injuryMost likely outUnknown
Jérémy MathieuCalf injuryMost likely outBack in training
Samuel UmtitiHamstring strainDoubtfulBack in training

Andres Iniesta injured his knee on the 22nd of October during a match against Valencia. He was expected to be out for more than 6 weeks, but the player has already returned to training. The player could possibly be a viable option to play in the game.

Jordi Alba, on the other hand, suffered an injury against Real Sociedad, after falling awkwardly. There is little chance of him featuring in the derby.

Mathieu and Umtiti are not expected to feature in the El Clasico at all.

Real Madrid

PlayerType of injuryStatusReturn date
Raphael VaraneKnee injuryDoubtfulBack in training
Fabio CoentraoGroin injuryUnlikelyUnknown
Toni KroosBroken toeNot featuringLate December 2016
Alvaro MorataHamstring strainNot featuringMid December 2016
Gareth BaleAnkle injuryNot featuringLate January 2017

Raphael Varane returned to full training with Real Madrid, alongside Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. There were serious doubts about the winger’s fitness, but the star looks fit and ready for it. Varane missed out on Saturday's 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon, as he picked up a knock during the previous fixture against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. His troublesome right knee has been a constant problem.

Toni Kroos is on track to return after an injury in his right foot. The player is planning to feature for the club during the FIFA Club World Cup, which as of now is a more realistic target. Gareth Bale, on the other hand, is definitely ruled out. He recently had surgery on his right ankle, and is in line to miss the next ten games. The player is not expected to feature until February.


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Alvaro Morata is out with a muscle injury, and is definitely out of the Clasico. His goal will be to return for the Club World Cup, alongside Kroos.

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