Real Madrid v Barcelona

Date: Saturday, 21 November Venue: Bernabeu, Madrid Kick-off: 17:15 GMT

Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Barcelona’s star attacker Lionel Messi returned to training for the first time in seven weeks as his team prepare for the season’s first ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Messi, 28, has been out of action with a knee injury since 26 September.

Spanish media have suggested 

that Messi may be named on the bench for the trip to the Bernabeu.

Barcelona are top of the La Liga table, three points clear of Real and four ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Neymar and Luis Suarez – the other two strikers in Barcelona’s three-pronged attack – have made light of Messi’s absence with 11 and nine goals respectively in 11 league games.

Argentina striker Messi also missed his nation’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in World Cup qualifying on Saturday and is ruled out of Tuesday’s match against Colombia.

Argentina’s team doctor Homero De Agostino has said that

Messi runs the risk of a recurrence 

of the injury if he makes his comeback against Real.