The biggest football match on Earth is upon us, as Barcelona and Real Madrid face off at Camp Nou in the second edition of El Clásico of 2016, which once again takes place in Barça's home. This is a gigantic match regardless of the players on the pitch, but we will miss a few big names in this one.
And luckily for Barcelona, none of their big names will be out. Andrés Iniesta has been medically cleared on Friday after missing 40 days with a knee injury suffered in the La Liga match against Valencia six weeks ago. The captain has been a giant absence and is one of the reasons why Barça are not in good form at the moment. It's still unclear how many minutes he will play, but we are going to see Don Andrés in action.
Two more key Blaugrana players will be available, as Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba recovered from knocks they suffered in the draw against Real Sociedad last week, trained normally all week and will be available to start El Clásico.
For Real Madrid, there are some bad news. Toni Kroos was looking to return from his foot injury in time to play, but wasn't able to recover and took part in the first training session since the injury on Friday. He practiced for a limited time, and he's not part of the squad that will travel to Catalonia. Striker Álvaro Morata, who seems to score every time he steps on the pitch as a reserve, has a hamstring problem and cannot feature at Camp Nou. Full-back Fábio Coentrão has a thigh problem and is also out.
But without a doubt, the biggest news is the absence of Gareth Bale, who underwent surgery on his ankle and will miss four months of action. Bale has arguably been Real Madrid's best player throughout 2016, and will be a big miss for Los Blancos on Saturday.
There are no suspensions for El Clásico, and this is the list of absentees for the big game:
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