Andreas Christensen is expected to miss the final Clasico of the season after Barcelona confirmed he sustained a calf injury on international duty.
The centre-back started Denmark’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Finland on Thursday but lasted just 18 minutes before being forced off.
Barcelona revealed on Saturday that it was a problem with his left calf after media reports that he was facing a spell on the sidelines.
Although the club did not give a time frame for Christensen’s return, simply saying that “he is not available for selection and his return will be determined by his recovery”, they reportedly expect him to be out for up to a month.
As such, he could miss up to six games – including the crucial Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on April 5 when Barca host Los Blancos, having beaten them 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg.
The remaining five games that could be in doubt come in LaLiga, although Barca will likely feel their 12-point lead at the summit is enough to get by without him at this point.
However, Christensen has become a prominent figure at the Camp Nou in recent times.
After joining on a free transfer from Chelsea in pre-season, the 26-year-old was initially an integral figure and made just five LaLiga appearances ahead of the World Cup, partly due to injury.
But he missed just one of their 10 games in all competitions before this international window – that was the first game against Madrid.