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Opponent watch: Barcelona midfielder set to miss Sunday’s El Clasico vs Real Madrid

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Barcelona midfielder Pedri will not be involved in Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid, reports Javi Miguel of AS.

The Spanish international had been out injured since mid-February when he hurt his thigh during the UEFA Europa League contest against Manchester United.

Having missed six matches in all competitions, including the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals against Real Madrid, Pedri was expected to be fit and available for Sunday’s Clasico at Spotify Camp Nou.

The 20-year-old had resumed training with the rest of the group earlier this week and all signs pointed towards him being ready for the weekend encounter.

However, that does not seem to be the case any longer as Pedri reportedly did not feel good in training earlier today. And it has led to him now being ruled out of the contest against Real Madrid on Sunday.

This comes as a blow for Barcelona, who will also be without Ousmane Dembele when Carlo Ancelotti’s men visit Camp Nou in a couple of days.

Their absence certainly comes as a big boost for Real Madrid, who will be looking to cut down the gap to the top of the table to six points with a victory against Xavi’s men.

However, Los Blancos themselves have a few injury concerns to deal with as David Alaba is almost certain to miss out of the trip to Catalonia.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema, who hobbled off the pitch against Liverpool earlier this week, did not train with the team today, although he is expected to make himself available for the Clasico.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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