Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho will miss out on this weekend's El Clasico clash with Barcelona at the Bernabeu due to injury, the capital club has confirmed.
The Spanish heavyweights will go head-to-head for the first time this season on Saturday evening, with top spot in the Primera Liga at stake.
Real have confirmed on their official website that Carvalho has pulled a ligament in his right knee and will miss the showpiece encounter, having not featured for two months after being plagued by back problems.
Coach Jose Mourinho has an otherwise full squad at his disposal as Real bid to preserve their three-point lead over their rivals at the top of the standings.
European champions Barca sit second in the table having played a game more than Mourinho's side.
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