Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has played down his club’s supposed reliance on the fitness of Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior.
The 18-year-old reportedly has the flu and is a doubt for the side’s trip to Real Betis, with Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente, Thibaut Courtois and Toni Kroos all ruled out.
Vinicius has registered either a goal or assist every 59 minutes since making his debut for Los Blancos in September and has had increasing prominence under Solari.
“The strength of Real Madrid is always in the group,” Solari said.
“All of our players are important. It is true that bringing new players into a squad which has won three Champions Leagues is also part of our job. A kid of 18 has arrived and is doing very well.
“And we have to see if he will recover and make the squad, to be finalised [prior to the match].
“Injuries? I would not call them unfortunate, they are part of the game. The explanations are always multiple. It is true there are a lot of injuries. We will look at how we can improve that, and look to get them all back as soon as possible, as we need everyone available.
“I have 24 players and would be happy for them all to play more, the least enjoyable part of the job is picking the team. I am nobody to give advice to anyone.
“There are players here with lots of experience and trophies. Players who reach the Primera Division, play here for many years, and have won a lot, they know what they need to do.”
There is no television coverage of Barcelona vs Eibar in the UK.
Live streaming is available via Eleven Sports, with a monthly subscription costing £5.99.
However, there is also way to watch the match for free.
Unibet are showing the game on their streaming channel, under what is dubbed a ‘watch and bet’ license.
However, fans are advised they may need to sign up to watch the game.
The La Liga clash kicks off at 7.45pm GMT.