Barcelona receive fitness El Clasico fitness boost

Barcelona have been handed a timely injury boost ahead of their crunch El Clasico clash against Real Madrid on December 18.

Defensive pair Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo have both missed over a month of action due to injury, however they have been named in the weekend squad to travel to Real Sociedad.

Ernesto Valverde's side head to the Anoeta looking to get an edge on Real Madrid, who go to Valencia tomorrow.

Valverde also recalls Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, after the duo were rested for the Champions League clash with Inter Milan in midweek.

Full back Sergi Roberto is also back in contention, however Arthur Melo is still rated as doubtful for El Clasico, and does not make the trip to the Basque Country.

BARCELONA SQUAD V REAL SOCIEDAD

GOALKEEPERS: Marc Ter Stegen, Neto

DEFENDERS: Nelson Semedo, Geradrd PIque, Jean-Clair Todibo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto

MIDFIELDERS: Frenkie De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Carles Alena

FORWARDS: Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Carles Perez

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