Barcelona have left Gerard Pique out of their 19-man squad for tonight’s match with Real Madrid.
The defender was attempting to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s Clasico at the Camp Nou after recovering from a sprained foot suffered three weeks ago.
However, after missing today’s light early afternoon session, the defender has not been selected for the matchday squad.
Barca B team players Cristian Tello and Sergi Roberto are picked in the squad that otherwise lists every fit Barcelona senior squad member.
Pique’s absence will likely mean that Alex Song will partner Javier Mascherano in the heart of defence. Carles Puyol is absent after dislocating his elbow in midweek.
Barcelona squad to play Real Madrid: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Montoya, Song, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Cesc, Alexis, Pedro, Messi, Villa, Tello