FC Barcelona announced that Brazilian winger Neymar will finally be suspended for tonight's El Clasico.
Knowing the uncertainty caused by the lack of a response from the Court of Arbitration for Sport just 12 hours ahead of tonight's match and to focus all the attention on what happens on the field, the club decided not to include Neymar on the squad list.
Still, FC Barcelona are shocked about the legal vacuum implied by the CAS' unwillingness to exercise their duty, something which clearly goes against the clubs and the competition itself.
Source: Barcelona's Twitter.
Statement translated because of a lack of an official statement in English.
Arda Turan is expected to replace Neymar on the field tonight. Dani Carvajal will not be able to be more productive offensively and that clearly benefits Real Madrid, so coach Zinedine Zidane has to build a game plan knowing that Barcelona will not be as dangerous through that left wing.
Kick-off time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST.
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo, Benzema)-0 FC Barcelona
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