Barcelona and Real Madrid set aside their domestic duties as another Clasico awaits in the form of the Copa del Rey semi finals, with La Blaugrana hosting Los Blancos at Camp Nou in the first of the two-legged showdown.
Wednesday’s match will pit the competition’s most successful club Barcelona (30 titles) against the third most successful, Real Madrid (19).
Ernesto Valverde’s side head into the fixture looking to bounce back from a 2-2 draw at home the Valencia in La Liga, while Real swept aside Alaves with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.
Barcelona are sweating on the fitness of Lionel Messi ahead of Wednesday’s giant clash, after the Argentinian appeared to pick up a knock during the second half of his side’s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday.
It does appear, however, that the 31-year-old will have recovered in time for Wednesday’s encounter, and won’t be joining long-term absentees Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti on the sidelines. The other major absentee for Ernesto Valverde’s side is the suspension of Jordi Alba, whose yellow card on Saturday means he will have to miss out.
Real Madrid meanwhile, can boast an almost fully fit squad for the first leg, with the only players set to miss out being peripheral figures Jesus Vallejo and goalkeeper Luca Zidane.