Messi, Dembele train ahead of El Clasico as Ronaldo remains isolated

Barcelona received a training ground boost ahead of El Clasico, in contrast to rival Real Madrid.

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele during a training session.   -  Twitter (@FCBarcelona_es)

Ousmane Dembele and a fit-again Gerard Deulofeu joined Lionel Messi in Barcelona training on Thursday as the LaLiga leader continued its preparations for El Clasico.

Ernesto Valverde has already confirmed France winger Dembele will not be risked on Saturday, but his involvement is an encouraging sign of his return from a hamstring injury.

Training footage released by Barca painted a different picture to the scenes at its bitter rival, where Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to join his team-mates.

Read: Ronaldo a Clasico injury doubt?

The star forward, who is reported to have picked up a calf problem in the Club World Cup final, was confined to light work away from the main squad for the second day in succession.

Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says it must be prepared for whatever forward line Zinedine Zidane fields at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"The two teams facing each other are perhaps the best in LaLiga and the world," the German told El Pais.

Also read: Ronaldo and Messi's head-to-head Clasico record

"We already know who we will have up front, and we must be aware of their attack, and of all of them.

"But (we must stick to) our way of playing, that's how we usually have the best chance of winning."

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