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Injury update: Pedri fit to face Real Madrid, Dembele ruled out



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In a major positive update for Barcelona, midfield prodigy is fully fit to face Real Madrid in this weekend’s El Clasico, reports RAC1. However, Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of the La Liga contest.

Pedri had picked up a hamstring injury during Barça’s UEFA Europa League playoff first-leg tie against Manchester United and has gone on to miss several important matches, including the reverse fixture against the Red Devils as well as the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg versus Real.

But, the 20-year-old sensation participated in part of the group training session earlier today and is now said to be fully fit and ready to face the reigning La Liga champions at Camp Nou later this weekend.

This comes as a huge boost for Barcelona. While they have racked up three wins in a row recently, the team have not looked the same without Pedri, with Xavi’s side missing his guile and creativity from the middle of the park.

His return, thus, ahead of a potential La Liga title-decider against Real Madrid this weekend, comes as a huge boost to the league leaders.

While Pedri will return to the squad and is almost certain to start against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the same cannot be said about Dembele.

The Frenchman has been out of action for over six weeks now, even though it was initially expected that he might be sidelined for four-five weeks when he was injured against Girona in late January.

His recovery has not gone at the expected pace, however, and the club medical staff do not wish to take any risks with the 25-year-old, given his past record with injuries.

As a result, he will not play any part against Real Madrid this weekend and is pencilled in to return after the international break when Barcelona face Elche.

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