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FC Barcelona News: 28 October 2018; Stage Set for El Clasico

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Clásico Preview: FC Barcelona v Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
Liga leaders FC Barcelona entertain a Real Madrid team that’s got off to an uncharacteristically poor start to their first season without Cristiano Ronaldo. But Barça also have a key absence to mourn – Leo Messi misses the game with a fractured arm.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo missing Clasico doesn’t dampen game’s appeal - Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde | ESPN
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a Clasico for the first time in 11 years takes none of the gloss away from Sunday’s match. Ronaldo left Madrid in the summer to join Juventus, and Messi fractured a bone in his arm last weekend against Sevilla, ruling him out for three weeks.

Real Madrid call up Vinicius Junior for Clasico | Football Espana
Vinicius was initially ruled out of the clash at Camp Nou after he was given a one-match ban for two yellow cards while playing for Madrid Castilla. However, his suspension has since been lifted and he joins Mariano Diaz, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez in Los Blancos’ attack.

‘Real Madrid crisis over if they beat Barcelona’ | Goal
Real Madrid’s crisis will end if they beat Barcelona on Sunday, according to former Spain striker Alvaro Negredo. The ex-Manchester City and Middlesbrough striker played for Real Madrid’s B team between 2005 and 2007, but he failed to make a senior appearance for the club.

Report: La Liga to take FIFA to court over Girona-Barcelona | Football Espana
La Liga will reportedly take FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after it declared Girona-Barcelona could not be played in the US. FIFA President Gianni Infantino ‘denied any permit’ for Miami to host the January 26 fixture, but AS claims Liga counterpart Javier Tebas will go to CAS once FIFA discloses its decision on the matter formally.