Luis Suarez does not expect Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to be targeted if either make their return from injuries in Saturday’s El Clasico.
Ramos is carrying a shoulder injury that he aggravated performing an overhead-kick in Real Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla.
Barcelona star Messi, meanwhile, has been out since September 26 with a knee injury and it is not clear if he will feature in the La Liga match at the Bernabeu, despite reports this week that he was stepped up his comeback and could feature in the game.
But despite the intense rivalry, Suarez does not believe the two players could be targeted in Saturday’s game.
Suarez said: “I am not going to go looking for [Ramos’] shoulder, in the same way nobody is going to look for Messi’s knee. We are fellow football players and we do not want to hurt anyone.”
Messi’s participation is the main talking point ahead of the top-of-the-table clash, but Suarez is unsure whether the game will come too soon for Argentine.
“We do not know if he will play or start on the bench but he is a player who makes a difference,” he said. “He proved that at the Calderon (against Atletico Madrid) when he came on for the final 30 minutes and won us the game.
“The decision is for the coach and the medical team. He is training with us, with good feelings, but it is an injury that could have risks for the future.”
Barcelona go into the fixture with a three-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and having won three of the last four league meetings against their arch rivals.
Last year, though, they were beaten 3-1 at the Bernabeu in a game that saw Suarez make his Barca debut.
“To play in the Bernabeu is special, because of the significance of the game,” he said. “It was good to make my debut there, even though the result was bad.
“These are games that great players decide but they do not decide the league. There is a long way to go and Atletico Madrid will also be there.”