De La Pena could return for Real clash

The 33-year-old has been struggling with a muscle strain in his right left, that has kept him out of action.

“I’m doing everything possible to play against Madrid. I must be cautious and see how it [the injury] evolves in the coming days, but I am hopeful,” he told Sport.

The game will be Espanyol’s first Primera Division game at their new Cornell El Prat stadium in Barcelona, according to Sport.