Sergio Ramos News
Zinedine Zidane`s side were missing seven players through injury and illness, including Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Casemiro. Real Madrid, who were beaten 4-1 by Valencia in their last La Liga fixture, are fourth in the standings on 17 points. While Villarreal are placed at the second spot in the La Liga standings, Real Sociedad are on top with 20 points.
Spain`s defender Sergio Ramos now has 177 appearances for the national team in international football. The 34-year-old reached the feat in Spain`s Nations League match against Switzerland which ended in a 1-1 draw. Earlier, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had recorded 176 appearances for Italy in international football.
Ramos went off at halftime in Madrid`s 1-0 La Liga defeat by minnows Cadiz last weekend and was also absent as they crumbled to a depleted Shakhtar Donetsk side on Wednesday. Real will be without a number of first team regulars for the trip to the Nou Camp, including Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and Martin Odegaard. Barcelona, meanwhile, have the returning Jordi Alba available for the game, but will be without long-term absentees Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti.