Real Madrid will take on Barcelona without two of their players and one is already in doubt for the eye-catching match against the main rival at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will not count on the services of Thibaut Courtois and Dani Ceballos when Real Madrid entertain Barcelona this weekend.

Antonio Rudiger is also a doubt for the clash following his head injury against Shakhtar Donetsk in the midweek Champions League in Poland.

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Courtois sustained a back injury at the end of last month and has been unable to train with the rest of the squad, leaving him out of the squad to face Barcelona in the upcoming El-Clasico.

Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will be in goal for Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season meaning Courtois will watch from the sidelines this time once again, Lunin played in the last four matches for Real Madrid, the two against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and Getafe and Osasuna in LaLiga Santander.

Ceballos is one a starter under Ancelotti but the former Real Betis star is expected to play a role in this clash had it been he is fit to play considering his form before he sustained the injury that kept him out of the squad rotation.

Rudiger will be fit but the manager might overlook him and give him time to recuperate before he fields him again, Real Madrid has more than enough in the centre defence.


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