Barcelona’s injury crisis is only getting worse and the fact that El Clasico is approaching really brings it into focus.
They are missing important players across the team, and many have already been ruled out for the big game. But the one who intends to return is Raphinha.
The winger picked up a foot injury against Sevilla and has not played since, but he is now in a race against time to be ready for the match on October 28.
“El Clasico? I still don’t know. I want to be there”, Raphinha is quoted as saying to Sport newspaper.
Barcelona will be keen to bring him back as they try to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Xavi’s slow and steady style secured them a title last season, but this season has been plagued by injuries and several young players have been crucial.
Raphinha has not been decisive at all this season, but his presence will be important for Barcelona.