Nacho Fernandez, a Real Madrid defender, will be free to face Barcelona in the Clasico on October 28 in La Liga after his ban for a red card was reduced to two games.
Nacho’s three-match sentence was reduced to two by the Spanish Football Federation’s appeal committee after he was sent out against Girona for a brutal tackle on winger Portu.
La Liga leaders Real Madrid were 3-0 up against Girona when Nacho was sent off in stoppage time for a harsh tackle on Portu, who was carried off on a stretcher.
The defender apologised to Portu for his foul, which Girona coach Michel labelled “incomprehensible”.
Los Blancos sit three points ahead of third-placed Barcelona, with one more round of league fixtures scheduled before the Clasico next weekend.
Nacho missed Madrid’s 4-0 win over Osasuna on October 7 and will serve the remainder of his suspension against Sevilla on Saturday.
Madrid have struggled defensively this season, with centre-back Eder Militao out for an extended period of time, leaving only Nacho, Antonio Rudiger, and David Alaba available.
Aurelien Tchouameni, a holding midfielder, filled in for Nacho and the injured Alaba in the rout of Osasuna.