Images: The Real Madrid and Barcelona stars definitely out of El Clasico- and those who may join them

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Saturday’s clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou will see a raft of world-class stars, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take to the pitch.

However, the game will also be notable for the absences of several key Barca and Real players, with both sides having endured injury crises in recent months.

Here’s a guide to who’s definitely out of El Clasico- and which other key men may join them on the sidlelines.

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Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona)

The 33-year-old Frenchman has been plagued by injury this season and suffered a setback in his comeback from a calf knock earlier in the week.


Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

The first of a number of key absences for Real Madrid, Bale’s injury against Sporting Lisbon came as a hammer blow to Los Blancos ahead of the Clasico, with the Welshman set to be out for up to four months after undergoing ankle surgey.


Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Another to miss the Camp Nou fixture will be midfield general Toni Kroos, with the German still a couple of weeks away from a return following a foot injury.

Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)

The forward picked up a hamstring strain on international duty with Spain, meaning Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line for Zidane’s men.



Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Iniesta has just returned to training following a knee injury, and it is as yet unknown how much of the match he’ll be able to make.


Casemiro (Real Madrid)

The Brazilian returned to the fold in Real’s 6-1 Copa del Rey win against Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday evening, and is not expected to start the Clasico after completing 90 minutes at the Bernabeu. May be ready for a cameo off the bench, but expect Mateo Kovacic to start alongside Luka Modric in midfield.


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