Barcelona star Luis Suarez has welcomed the yellow card received during the 2-1 thrilling victory over Sevilla on Sunday night (6 November) as it means he will be available for the crucial encounter against Real Madrid on 3 December. However, Neymar is at risk of missing that first El Clasico of the season after he was shown his fourth booking of the campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Suarez scored the winner for the La Liga giants, completing an impressive comeback before picking up a yellow card afterwards in the 88th minute for questioning a decision by the referee Jaime Latre. The card means the former Liverpool star will miss the coming La Liga game against Malaga on 19 November as it was his fifth yellow card of the campaign.
Some in Spain has even suggested that the Uruguayan deliberately forced the suspension in order to arrive clean for the game against Real Madrid. Yet, after the encounter against Malaga in which he will serve the ban, Barcelona will only have another visit to Real Sociedad on 27 November before the much expected El Clasico at the Nou Camp.
Suarez admitted he was relieved to be available to play against Real Madrid, an injury or a red card at Real Sociedad notwithstanding.
"The yellow card is obviously a good thing to start with a clean slate again ahead of the visit to Real Sociedad and the following game versus Real Madrid," Suarez admitted to Movistar after the win over Sevilla.
However, Neymar's participation in El Clasico is under some scrutiny after the Brazilian was also shown a yellow card earlier in the game following a bad tackle on Franco Vazquez. Yet, it was Neymar's fourth yellow card of the season, meaning that he will be suspended for the encounter against Real Madrid should he be booked against either Malaga or Real Sociedad.
The referee also bizarrely booked Lionel Messi for trying to put his boot back on after Steven N'Zonzi forced it off. However, the Argentinian should not have any problem playing El Clasico as it was only his third card of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be hoping to recover the likes of Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba during the international break in order to have them both available to face Malaga. Yet, Andres Iniesta's return to action is still far away and he is also a major doubt for the visit of Real Madrid.