Despite earlier reports suggesting that Robert Lewandowski’s recovery is progressing as planned, the 35-year-old striker is still racing against time to be fit for El Clásico, according to Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo. Lewandowski, the captain of Poland’s national team, suffered a sprained ankle during the UEFA Champions League match against FC Porto.
While he has made significant progress in his recovery, he is determined to be available for El Clásico. The report from Mundo Deportivo indicates that Lewandowski may consider using a painkiller injection to temporarily alleviate the discomfort in the affected area.
It’s worth noting that several other key players, including Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Raphinha, Jules Koundé and Sergi Roberto, are also dealing with injuries and are doubts for the intriguing fixture on Saturday.
Pedri has been out of action due to a muscle injury since late August, and his recovery has taken longer than expected.
De Jong’s ankle injury is more complex compared to Lewandowski’s and the Dutchman is understandably taking a cautious approach, particularly because he continues to experience pain. However, he has not been definitively ruled out for the clash against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Jake Staniland | GSFN