Messi doubtful for El ClasicoReal Madrid face Barcelona at 11pm on Saturday. Manchester City host Liverpool at 11:15.
Barcelona have left it late to decide whether Lionel Messi will be included in the squad to face Real Madrid in the much-awaited La Liga clash late Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu.
Having returned to training this week after about two months in sidelines due to injury, fans are eagerly hoping that Messi will be involved in the match between the Spanish heavyweights dubbed as the ‘El Clasico’. The winner will top the league table and Real are confident as they have no injury concerns.
For Real, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to increase his goal tally of 13 in all competitions this season while he will be supported by Karim Benzema who has returned to fitness. Meanwhile, Neymar who has scored 11 league goals so far hopes to continue his fine form in the first Clasico of the season.
The Clasico is the biggest match between football clubs worldwide and can be watched live on TV in over 170 countries. Reports suggest that there could potentially be 600 million viewers for the Saturday clash.
Also on Saturday, English league leaders Manchester City host Liverpool, who are slowly adapting to the philosophy of new manager Jurgen Klopp.
City are plagued by injury concerns with David Silva, Fabian Delph and Pablo Zabaleta doubtful for the match and Vincent Kompany, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri completely ruled out. However, the club have confirmed that star striker Sergio Aguero is fit again.
Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge are injured for the Reds.