Ousmane Dembele is still recovering from a thigh injury and is unlikely to be ready to face Real Madrid in the opening leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. According to RAC1, the two clubs are scheduled to clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 2 but will be missing the Frenchman once again.
Dembele expected to miss Copa del Rey Clasico first leg
Dembele is more likely to return on March 12 against Athletic in La Liga, meaning he will be ready for the return leg against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou a week later. Dembele has been a regular starter and an essential player for Barcelona this season, but Xavi’s team has performed admirably without him.
Raphinha’s game has improved recently, with three goals and three assists in his last seven matches across all competitions. There is also hope that Ferran Torres is about to find his form. Last time out, the Spain international impressed against Cadiz, and Barcelona will be hoping he can keep improving.