El Clasico 2016-17 : Injury Concerns Cast a Dark Shadow Over Much Anticipated Clash

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El Clasico 2016-17

It’s that time of the year again when Real Madrid and Barcelona fans, as well as football fans , start their debate on who will win the ‘El Clasico’ which is, easily the biggest game in club football right now. The top two teams in Europe, with their current roster of world-class players, are set to lock horns on December 3 in the first ‘Clasico’ of the season and the hype around the match is unimaginable already.

December 3 will see Zidane’s Real Madrid travel to Barca’s home stadium, the Nou Camp with the hopes of repeating their last result at the ground, a 2-1 victory which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a stunner from short distance to win the match. The European champions lifted the Champions League trophy back in May and are currently on top of the La Liga table, two points above second-placed Barcelona with both teams having played 11 games apiece.

Various injury concerns cast a very dark shadow over the availability of a lot of key players for both clubs but the management of both real Madrid and Barcelona remain optimistic regarding the fact that most of these players will recover in time to feature in the much-anticipated clash between the two Spanish giants.

Luis Enrique will hope that Andres Iniesta makes a swift recovery in time to return for El Clasico.
Luis Enrique will hope that Andres Iniesta makes a swift recovery in time to return for El Clasico.

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta is making good progress from the knee injury he picked up against Valencia last month and could even return to action in time for the Clasico against Real Madrid. The talismanic midfielder, whose role has been absolutely pivotal to Barca’s success Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta is making good progress from the knee injury he picked up against Valencia last month and could even return to action in time for the Clasico against Real Madrid.

Blaugrana coach Luis Enrique has also opened up to the fact that  Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Jeremy Mathieu will be able to feature in the starting line-up with all three of them returning to training.

Midfielder Toni Kroos will miss out on the December 3 Clasico owing to a broken metatarsal.
Midfielder Toni Kroos will miss out on the December 3 Clasico owing to a broken metatarsal.

Madrid have confirmed that they will be without the services of attacking midfielder Toni Kroos after he fractured his metatarsal in a La Liga clash against Leganes. Defensive midfielder Casemiro, who was pivotal in keeping Messi at bay, was also out with a fractured leg but will seem to be a starting option for Zidane for the December 3 clash. Luka Modric will also return to the side, with him being named in the starting line-up in the clash against Atletico Madrid on November 19.

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