After Barcelona’s triumph in the Champions League against Porto, Xavi said that in this meeting he was without some players who can circulate the ball better.
Xavi’s complaints are quite valid. Here is a list of injured players in the Catalan team and when they are expected to return.
Frenkie De Jong: The midfielder suffered a muscle injury in the match against Celta Vigo. He is expected to return before the end of November.
Pedri: The midfielder has already been seen in training at Barcelona. His worst muscle injury is now over and he is now expected to return after the international break. He should play in El Clasico.
Raphinha: The winger suffered a muscle injury against Sevilla. However, the injury is not too serious and he is expected to return before El Clasico on October 28.
Robert Lewandowski: The striker suffered an injury against Porto. The Pole’s injury will also rule him out until after the international break. Barcelona hope that he will return before El Clasico.