Coach Xavi Hernandez’s side trained ahead of Saturday’s game, with two notable absences. Ousmane Dembele was ruled out earlier this week as Barcelona continue to monitor the player’s recovery from a muscle injury sustained against Girona in January.
Pedri is the only player left out, after it was reported on Friday that the 20-year-old star will miss El Clasico due to his inability to recover from a muscle injury he sustained against Man United last month. .
A surprising presence in Saturday’s training session was young goalkeeper Eder Aller. The 15-year-old, who is part of the club’s Juvenil B team, trains alongside number one goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who is looking to keep a 20th clean sheet of his La Liga season against Real Madrid.
Coach Xavi regularly tries to bring young players into the Barcelona first team to train, and today it was Aller’s turn. Club officials have high expectations for this morning star, and the boy has the potential to become the future number one in the Catalan team.
Aller joined La Masia in 2021, when his father explained his choice of Barcelona, saying: “No other school offers us 35 hours of training a week”.
The player himself said a few months ago: “When Cultural Leonesa signed me, it was very big and the goals were very small. That’s why I didn’t consider my options and everything went well. beautiful to me. That’s when I started to think I could be someone in football.”