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Barcelona team news: update on key defender ahead of El Classico

Barcelona team news ahead of El Classico clash with Real Madrid on Sunday evening.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has claimed he will be fit for their El Classico clash with Real Madrid, as reported by Sport.

The Barca defender limped off in their 1-1 draw with Napoli on Wednesday evening, as he was replaced in injury time by Clement Lenglet.

Pique being forced from the field was a daunting sight for Barcelona fans, as they already have a lengthy injury list heading into their trip to Madrid.

Ousmane Dembele is ruled out with a hamstring injury, while another key Barca forward in Luis Suarez remains sidelined with a knee issues following an operation.

Thankfully, Barcelona should be able to call on their influential defender Pique though after giving the club a scare late in their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Another duo who remain unavailable though are Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba, with Quique Setien short of defensive options ahead of Sunday night’s El Classico.

17-year-old Ansu Fati could make his first appearance as the Bernabeu, with the Barca B player knocking on the door of the first team.

Martin Braithwaite is be in line for his first taste of El Classico action too, with Barcelona signing the ex-Middlesbrough forward on an emergency loan due to their injury issues.

The 28-year-old has made just one appearance since joining Barca from Leganes, failing to score as a substitute in a 5-0 win over Eibar last weekend.

Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Junior Firpo and Neto should also make their first appearances at the home of Madrid since joining Barcelona.

The reverse fixture in December ended in a 0-0 draw as both sides cancelled each other out at the Nou Camp, the first time that they had played out a scoreless affair in 17 years.

Barcelona are currently two points clear of their fierce rivals Madrid at the top of the La Liga table, and victory on Sunday would see them take a huge step towards clinching the title.

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