The biggest question regarding Madrid-Barça of November 21 is, logically, whether Messi will arrive on time to play at Bernabéu. But he is not the only one who is working to be fit for the game.
Ivan Rakitic got a small tear in his right calf during Champions League match vs BATE Borisov. The club announced he would not play against Villareal but his presence in the upcoming matches is unknown.
However the player's recovery is going well. In fact, according to the newspaper Sport, the player will be ready to play the match vs Real Madrid.
Rakitic uploaded a video of his recovery some days ago. It might be a sign that the recovery is going well. Totally different than secreticy around Messi, from whom we hardly know.