Barcelona midfielder Pedri has been “almost eliminated” from El Clasico after failing to recover from a knee injury.
The talented young midfielder has been out of action for the last two months due to a hamstring injury following the win against Cadiz in the second week of the 2023/24 La Liga season.
Pedri scored in the 2-0 win, but suffered a hamstring strain in training a few days after the game and has been injured ever since. This isn’t the first time the Spain national team has missed a match due to hamstring injuries; This disorder is something he has experienced regularly throughout his short career.
To date, Pedri has missed 66 matches for both club and national team due to hamstring injuries over the last few years.
Barcelona were optimistic that Pedri would be ready for this weekend’s huge Clasico against Real Madrid – with Barca currently just one point behind the leading players entering the game – expecting the 20-year-old to get a few more minutes behind him. He received his belt during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.
However, he could not return to training as expected on Monday. SPORT They report that Pedri was “almost excluded” from El Clasico because the club did not want to risk playing him in a high-intensity match after being sidelined for so long.
Barcelona are now aiming to get the star midfielder back into the squad for next weekend’s game against Real Sociedad.
Although Pedri will not return in time, Barca are still hopeful that Frenkie de Jong will be ready for the meeting with Real Madrid. The Dutch international’s ankle splint was removed last week and can be brought under control again.