Xavi has called up 24 players for the Clasico, two of them without medical clearance. Both Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong picked up injuries in the Copa del Rey vs Linares, but have been risked for this all-important encounter.
Ansu Fati returns to the squad list after missing nearly two months on the sidelines. The forward has been essential to Barca whenever he has stepped onto the pitch and will hope to grab his second goal against Madrid.
There is no sign of Ferran Torres or Pedri, both of whom tested positive for covid-19 again today. If the duo recovers in time, they might be granted an exemption to travel to the middle-east.
Eric Garcia misses the game after picking up a hamstring injury vs Granada on the weekend. The ex-Manchester City defender is set to miss nearly a month’s worth of matches.
Gavi has been named in the 24-man list even though he picked up a red card on the weekend. This means the suspension will not apply to this tournament but will carry forward in La Liga.
Full list: ter Stegen, Neto, Pena, Dest, Alves, Mingueza, Araujo, Pique, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Balde, Busquets, de Jong, Sanz, Gavi, Nico, Puig, Memphis, Fati, Dembele, Jutgla, Abde and Luuk.