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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Athletic Club in La Liga

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Real Madrid are back from the last international break of the season mostly unscathed as they get ready to take on Athletic Club for gameweek 30 of La Liga.

While Ernesto Valverde’s man are in impressive form, they will have to erase an unbeaten streak of 17 games of Madrid against Athletic in the league. The last time the Basque outfit won against the capital side was back in 2015, courtesy of a first-half Arits Aduriz winner.

Regardless, Madrid have all but three of their stars unavailable for this game. David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois are still nursing their ACL tears, and will be unavailable, while Vinicius Jr is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season vs Osasuna.

This does mean, though, that Eder Militao is back. The Brazilian had also been sidelined due to an ACL injury, but as Carlo Ancelotti confirmed, is back in the team to face Athletic Club. Although, he will definitely not start, though.

Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos have also been given the green light for this game after originally being listed as a doubt. The former picked up a knock to his ankle while playing for France, but seems fit and ready for the game.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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