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Messi missed Barcelona's 5-1 league rout of Madrid in October because of a broken right arm. You'll also get access to the Champions League, La Liga, English Premier League, and much more.

His club has not given an injury update on him. Solari has all of his best forwards, including an in-form Karim Benzema, the quickly maturing Vinicius Junior, and a fully fit Gareth Bale. The previous Clásicos played in this competition have seen the Whites coming out on top, having not lost in the last four matches.

Santiago Solari will be looking to become only the first Barcelona or Real Madrid manager in the 21st century to win his first El Clasico in the dugout, next to Zinedine Zidane.

"If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them", he told El Partidazo de COPE.

He again featured from the bench in last week's Copa triumph over Girona but was replaced after an underwhelming 63 minutes when he returned to the starting line-up for Sunday's 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves. Judging it off recent performances, there is no debate but Solari understands that he needs Marcelo to recover his best level and not playing at the Camp Nou could have a serious knock-on effect for the Brazilian.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni revealed it had been a while since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.

Bookmaker companies consider Barça the favorites in this clash.

A year earlier, in the 2012/13 campaign, there was a Clásico in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. "Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid [Florentino Pérez]".

  • Stacy Allen