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Mandzukic sidelined with ankle problem
Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic has been left out of the squad for Saturday's game at Deportivo La Coruna due to an ankle problem, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday. Midfielder Mario Suarez is also sidelined.
"I spoke to the doctor and Mandzukic has ankle pain and Mario some discomfort," Simeone said. "Hopefully, we will have both of them back quickly so we can have a full squad available again." Simeone did not say whether Mandzukic will be fit for Wednesday's Champions League return leg against Real, while Suarez is suspended for the clash at the Bernabeu.
Spurs to assess Walker, Vertonghen and Lloris
Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker are all doubts for Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Newcastle United on Sunday. Lloris, 28, has missed the clubs last two games as a result of a knee tendon injury he suffered in the 4-3 win over Leicester City in March. Vertonghen also missed the games against Burnley and Aston Villa due to illness, while Walker is still struggling with a foot injury he suffered at Turf Moor following a collision with Kieran Trippier. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plans to assess their fitness after a final training session on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic ban reduced to 3 matches
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his four-match domestic suspension reduced to three games by the French league. The Swedish striker was banned following an extraordinary outburst after PSG's 3-2 defeat at Bordeaux last month, when he appeared to insult a match official as he left the field. The reduction of his ban means he still misses Ligue 1 games against Nice, Lille and Metz.
Meanwhile, Thiago Silva will miss Paris Saint-Germain's visit to Nice because of a thigh injury. The Brazil centre-back limped off in the 21st minute of Wednesday's 3-1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat to Barcelona. Midfielder Thiago Motta, who has been out for the last 12 days with a similar problem, is also out.
Benzema out of Malaga game
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Karim Benzema will miss Real Madrid's La Liga game at home to Malaga on Saturday after the Frenchman limped out of training with a knee problem. Benzema, who picked up the injury in Tuesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg draw at Atletico Madrid, should be fit for the return game at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Benzema has scored 15 goals during the La Liga campaign and six in the Champions League this term.
Manchester United suffer quadruple injury blow
Manchester United have been hit by an injury crisis with Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Phil Jones all ruled out of Saturday's clash with Chelsea. Manager Louis van Gaal finds himself short of defenders and defensive midfielders for the game against Mourinho's side as United will have to make at least three changes.
Luke Shaw, who is available for the first time since the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, is the likely candidate to replace the versatile Blind at left-back. Wayne Rooney may have to deputise at holding midfield. Robin van Persie may be available for the first time since Feb. 21 and could take Rooney's place up front, although Van Gaal suggested he is not fully fit.
Costa could return against Arsenal
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on course to return ahead of schedule to face a potential title decider against Arsenal next week. Manager Jose Mourinho initially revealed that Chelsea's top scorer will miss the rest of the month with a hamstring problem sustained against Stoke. But Mourinho says Costa, who scored in the 2-0 win over Arsenal in October, has recovered quicker than expected.
Bayern accept club doctor's resignation
Bayern Munich have accepted the resignation of club's team doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, with Pep Guardiola saying that only the manager is to blame for a defeat during a news conference on Friday. Muller-Wohlfahrt and his entire staff stepped down after 38 years at Bayern late on Thursday, citing the fact they had been blamed for the long list of injured players ahead of the 3-1 defeat by Porto.
On Friday, Bayern said in their own statement that they acknowledge Muller-Wohlfahrt's decision to leave the club "with regret" and thanked him for his years of service. They also added that they are working on a replacement and have appointed Dr. Volker Braun as an interim solution. Meanwhile, Philipp Lahm will miss Bayern's trip to Hoffenheim through sickness.
Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out for the season
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may face the heartache of missing the climax of Arsenal's season for the second successive year. He is struggling to recover from a groin problem and has been ruled out of the FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley. Arsene Wenger hopes he could be back in full training by the end of next week but is not certain and admits the England midfielder may not play again this season. 'It is in the balance,' said Wenger. 'The inflammation has not completely cleared. He is on the way, building up and he might join in next week in full training and then we see. He is at least two weeks away.'
Barca eases Iniesta injury fears
The back injury suffered by Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in his side's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday has been diagnosed as just heavy bruising, the club confirmed on Thursday. "The tests carried out on Andres Iniesta confirmed heavy bruising on the sacroiliac joint," Barcelona said in a statement. "The player will undergo specific recovery work."
Barcelona did not confirm how long the injury will keep the Spanish international out of action, but he is doubtful for Saturday.
Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder is an injury doubt ahead of the game with Trabzonspor on Sunday. Sneijder picked up a muscle strain during training and faces a race against time to recover in time for the clash. The 31-year-old has 11 goals and four assists in all competitions for the Istanbul giants this season.
Jose Reyes has cracked rib
Jose Reyes may be headed to the disabled list Friday after the Blue Jays learned their starting shortstop has been playing for almost a week with a cracked rib. Reyes was hurt last weekend against Baltimore and has tried to play through the pain. In 10 games this season, Reyes is batting .324 with three doubles and five runs batted in.
Stammen needs surgery
Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has a torn flexor in his right forearm and will require surgery, manager Matt Williams announced Thursday. There is no date set for the surgery, and the timetable for his recovery will be decided on the extent of the tear.
The Nationals placed Stammen on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with stiffness in his right forearm. The 31-year-old has appeared in five games this season, allowing two hits, walking three and striking out three over four innings.
Stone has microfracture in wrist
Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone has a microfracture in his right wrist after taking a vicious slash from Montreal's P.K. Subban in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday. Subban whacked Stone in the second period of Montreal's 4-3 victory and was given a major penalty with a game misconduct for his action.
Stone left the ice after taking the slash, but returned later in the game. His status for the remainder of the best-of-seven series has not yet been determined. Stone was Ottawa's second-leading scorer this season with 64 points and also finished second in goals with 26.
Hamonic out indefinitely
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will not be in the lineup as his club begins their first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals. The 24-year-old suffered an undisclosed injury for which there's no immediate timetable for recovery. Hamonic completed his fifth NHL season by tying a career high with five goals and setting new personal bests of 28 assists and 33 points over 71 contests.
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