Despite some lingering optimism that Pedri might make a return, even if as a substitute, for the crucial El Clasico, RAC1's report now confirms that he will be definitively absent from the match, delivering a significant blow to the Catalan side.

Barcelona has managed reasonably well in Pedri's absence over the past couple of months, but the young midfielder's quality and contribution to Xavi's team cannot be underestimated. His absence in such a high-stakes encounter against Real Madrid will be keenly felt.

While the team had hoped for his return, they must now prepare to face Real Madrid without him when they clash at Montjuic on Saturday.

The report from RAC1 also sheds light on the condition of other injured players. It suggests that Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, and Frenkie de Jong have varying degrees of chance to recover in time for El Clasico, listed in that order.

Unfortunately, Sergi Roberto and Jules Kounde have already been ruled out of the contest, compounding Barcelona's injury woes as they prepare to face their fierce rivals.