Nacho Available For Clasico After Ban Reduction

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.


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