One of the reasons that many have put forward for the reason why Barcelona have beemn struggling in La Liga this season and head into this El Clasico clash with fierce rivals Real Madrid six points ahead in the Spanish league table is the number of injury problems to key players that Luis Enrique has been forced to deal with.
So the Barca boss will be delighted to be able to welcome Andres Iniesta back into the match day squad, even if the midfield star is not going to be risked from the start after five weeks out of action. Enrique can turn to Iniesta if needed and that could be a massive boost.
We have more good news on the injury front in the shape of the defence as well, with the manager able to field his first choice back four of Sergi Roberto, Pique, Mascherano and Jordi Alba. At the same time our opponents are without key attacking players Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata, so Barca fans will be confident and hopeful that we can close the gap today.
Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Gomes, Busquets, Rakitic
Suarez, Messi, Neymar
Subs: Cillessen, Digne, Umtiti, Denis Suarez, Turan, Iniesta, Alcacer.
Will this be a classic El Clasico at the Camp Nou?