As expected, Real Madrid have ruled Marcelo out of El Clasico on Wednesday, as the star left back has been dealing with a calf injury.
Real Madrid were forced to start Nacho Fernandez at left back for the third time this season in their 1-1 draw with Valencia on Matchweek 17, as Ferland Mendy was suspended for picking up a second yellow in the previous week’s game against Espanyol. Meanwhile, Marcelo has been dealing with a calf injury and was thus unable to play at the Mestalla.
Marcelo’s injury was expected to take him out through El Clasico, and MARCA’s J.I. Garcia-Ochoa reports that the Brazilian left back has indeed been ruled out of Wednesday’s clash against FC Barcelona with his calf injury.
Mendy will be able to return from his suspension, so he will start and go head-to-head with Lionel Messi. Between the two left backs, Mendy has been better than Marcelo defensively and is a top class player in his own right, but his lack of experience will be something to watch against Messi at the Camp Nou.
Marcelo joins Eden Hazard as two key players on Real Madrid who will be unable to suit up on Wednesday against Barcelona. However, Gareth Bale is healthy and made an appearance off the bench against Valencia on Matchweek 17. Bale wasn’t effective and doesn’t look 100-percent due to his own hamstring injury, but he will hopefully be ready to give it his all on Wednesday as one of Real’s most experienced players.
Hopefully, Marcelo will be healthy by the time Real Madrid face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Dec. 22, but, for now, Zinedine Zidane will hope that Mendy can once again step up. This match will be the biggest during Mendy’s time with Real, but he has shown on multiple occasions in his first season with Los Blancos that he’s capable of shutting down high-quality opposition.