The upcoming El Clasico clash is now at the forefront of Barcelona news, with thoughts turning to team news.
Gerard Pique, a central defender who is facing a race against time to recover from a knee injury, is one player whose availability is still unknown.
According to a report in Marca, the former Spain international was at Barcelona’s training facilities on Wednesday in an attempt to regain his fitness, though it is still thought that he will not be available for selection.
Pique has been plagued by knee injuries in recent months, and he suffered another setback against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-final remontada.
However, Diario AS reported this week that he is experiencing more pain in his right knee and that his chances of playing this weekend are dwindling, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that he may have to play through the pain barrier if he is to play.
According to the latest reports, the club does not want to take any chances with players at this point in the season.
Source: Football Espana