El Clasico 2017 injuries, Barcelona-Real Madrid team news, potential lineups: Gareth Bale back in training
This is how both teams could line up if Bale is ready to play
It looked like bothwould be without one star attacker entering , but that may not be the case. While Barcelona will definitely be without Neymar due to suspension, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale returned to training on Thursday, three days before the match, and could be on the bench as he recovers from his calf injury.
Now, the Welsh star didn't fully participate in the entire practice, so his status remains unclear but it is still an encouraging sign. Real will likely be without Pepe and Raphael at the back as well.
So, let's say Bale plays and starts. Here is how Real would likely lineup:
But if Bale doesn't make the squad or is on the bench, what would the team look like? It would likely come down to Isco or Lucas Vazquez on the right. Though Isco had two goals at the weekend and started against Bayern Munich midweek, Vazquez's speed down the right would probably be a better fit since Jordi Alba will likely start at leftback for Barca. The former Valencia defender likes to go on attack, so having Vazquez's speed to go on the counter would be smart over having a more possession-focused Isco going inside.
Barcelona without Neymar
Here's how Barca will probably lineup without the Brazilian, opting for two strikes, with Paco Alcacer joining Luis Suarez.
El Clasico will be at 2:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, with first-place Real leading second-place Barca by three points.
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