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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder in danger of missing the Clasico vs Real Madrid

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Barcelona’s hopes of staging a late fight for the league title suffered a major setback when they were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Club.

It was a dismal performance from the Catalan outfit, who were unable to break the shackles of the opposition defence.

To make things worse, Barcelona had to deal with injuries to two key players in the form of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri.

Pedri in danger of missing the next Clasico

Pedri’s injury, in particular, could strike deep into the hearts of the Barcelona fans and the player himself.

The Spaniard has already been injured twice this season and has spent a significant time off the field. And this fresh blow means he could be set for another prolonged spell on the sidelines.

In a recent report, AS has issued an update on the fitness of Pedri, suggesting that the midfielder is running the risk of missing the next Clasico on April 21.

Pedri, in fact, suffered the worst of the two blows. Tests have indicated that the player has a tear in the rector femoris of his right leg – the same blow he has been carrying for a year now.

Pedri suffered an injury on Sunday vs Athletic. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Pedri to be out for five-six weeks

As per AS, everything suggests Pedri will be out for a period of five to six weeks. That means the Spaniard could be sidelined by the time Barcelona take on Real Madrid on April 21.

This should serve as a major blow for Barcelona, who have had minimal options in midfield this season due to a series of injuries throughout the course of the campaign.

Real Madrid, though, will be relieved by the potential absence of Pedri in this important encounter.

The game against Barcelona, after all, could serve as an opportunity for Los Blancos to put an end to the title race, once and for all.

Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on the weekend of April 20-21. And Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to have the title race done and dusted before that game.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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