Both clubs have players with physical problems. Let's review it
This Saturday Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will face each other in the first El Clásico of the season. Beyond the injured footballers who won't be able to play, both teams will have many players with some muscle discomfort and physical problems. Both Luis Enrique and Rafa Benítez will have to choose a starting XI with players that may not be 100% ready. Let's review the situation in both squads:
Messi: Next Saturday 8 weeks will have passed since his injury on his knee. Last news confirm that the Argentine is working hard to be able to play at Bernabéu stadium. The doubt is to know whether he will be starter or he will appear in the second half.
Rakitic: The midfielder missed last match against Villarreal due to a little tear on his right leg. The club have not dismissed him for El Clásico, and he is working to be ready, since Luis Enrique doesn't count on many midfielders.
Busquets: In the friendly he played for Spain against England last Friday, the midfielder abandoned the match for some discomfort when 15 minutes were left. He only has some discomfort on his thigh and he stayed with Spain.
Mascherano: He ended the Argentina-Brazil with a muscle contraction, but he could train with the national team and will be able to play against Colombia. We will have to take an eye to his evolution and his conditions before El Clásico.
Ter Stegen: Last week he underwent dental surgery and couldn't train. He is set to come back with the group and might not have problems to be included in the squad list.
Confirmed injured players
Rafinha: He suffered a sever injury during the Champions League match against Rome. He broke his cruciate ligament on his right knee. He is recovering and might come back at the end of the season.
He got injured during Copa del Rey match against Villanovense and will be 8 weeks out for a problem on his foot.
Navas: In recent weeks he has been suffering discomfort in the adductor of his right leg. He missed the last two Liga games (Las Palmas and defeat vs Sevilla). We will see how he evolves and if Kiko Casilla should play in his place again.
Benzema: He hasn't played for Madrid since the last international break and he missed the last six games surrounded by controversy for charging due to blackmail. In recent days he has trained normally and should be available for Benitez.
Marcelo: He abandoned match against PSG due to hamstring and has not traveled to Brazil this weekend. He is recovering, as he is the only left back with guarantees.
Carvajal: He got injured on his ankle during match against Atlético Madrid. In recent days he has participated in trainings with the group and, unless relapse, he will compete for the right back position with Danilo. Benitez does not have a permanent player for this position.
Isco: He left Spanish national team meeting due to muscular problems. He has been doing specific work with the medical services of Madrid. In principle, he should be available to face Barcelona.
Ramos: The center-back will be given a pain-killing injection in order to play El Clásico and due to discomfort on his. He might undergo surgery after the match, as he has been suffering pain for a long time.
Cristiano: In recent times, he complained of knee problems but nobody doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo will play El Clásico. He has not travelled with Portugal during this international break and has tried to be in the best physical conditions.