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Expected XI’s for Barcelona against Real Madrid

Expected XI’s for Barcelona against Real Madrid

Barcelona have the biggest selection headache ahead of Wednesday’s El Clasico Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, seeing Lionel Messi pick up a knock in their last game.

Messi, however, has been included in the squad to face Los Blancos, despite struggling in the second half against Valencia on Saturday.

His inclusion has left many wondering if he will start the game – leaving Ernesto Valverde to inform reporters that a decision will be made at the very last minute.

Ousmane Dembele does not feature, despite returning to training this week following an injury.

Should Messi not feature then Malcom or Carles Alena are expected to play alongside Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.

Jasper Cillessen, who has been in good form for Barca in La Copa is injured, so Marc-Andre ter Stegen will play from the start in goal.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic; Messi (or Alena or Malcom), Suarez, Coutinho

For Real Madrid, Santiago Solari has a fairly fit side to chose from and his side are coming into form right at the very pinnacle point of the season.

Gareth Bale returned to action in the 3-0 win over Alaves at the weekend, but he is expected to feature from the substitutes bench.

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Keylor Navas will come back into the side, replacing Thibaut Courtois – and Vinicius Jr is expected to continue in the starting eleven after impressing of late.

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilon; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius Jr