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Real Mad. 24.2.17
Varane out for up to six weeks

Real Madrid have confirmed that defender Raphael Varane has suffered a hamstring injury. The France international was substituted in the second half of Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Valencia. Initial reports in Spain suggest the 23-year-old could be out for up to six weeks, making him a serious doubt for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli. Varane, who has started in 18 La Liga games and made seven Champions League starts this season, could return for the Athletic Bilbao match on March 19

Real Mad. 23.2.17
Varane injured

Real Madrid were hit by a further blow during the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night after Zinedine Zidane revealed that Raphael Varane suffered an injury during the game. The 23-year-old centre-back was forced off and replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 73rd minute of the game at the Mestalla. The defender is expected to undergo a scan to learn the severity of the injury - with initial reports suggesting he could be out of action for between two and three weeks due to a torn thigh muscle.

Barcelona 23.2.17
Mascherano misses training

Javier Mascherano remains a major doubt for the Barcelona trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday after the Argentina international didn't appear in the Thursday's training session. However, Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets are expected to be available, after the duo missed the last win over Leganes due to injury and suspension respectively. Mascherano, 32, is yet to play a game since picking up a hamstring injury during the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid on 7 February.

Valencia 23.2.17
Nani suffers thigh injury

Valencia winger Nani has suffered an injury to his left thigh during Wednesday's 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Mestalla. The Portugal international was substituted six minutes before half-time. Valencia will assess Nani's condition over the coming days and are yet to put a timescale on his absence.

Barcelona 20.2.17
Neymar to stand trial for fraud

Neymar has lost his final appeal against corruption charges and will stand trial. The charges relate to his move from Santos to Barcelona four years ago and could see him jailed for two years. The Brazil international, whose father will also stand trial, is more likely to be fined up to $10m, however. Both Santos and Barcelona lost their own appeals and will also stand trial with prosecutors seeking a fine of $9m from the Spanish side and $7m from the player's former club.

Real Mad. 20.2.17
Ramos boost for Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos is expected to return from injury when Real Madrid play at Valencia on Wednesday, looking to move four points clear at the top of La Liga. Ramos picked up a hip and adductor injury during Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Napoli at the Bernabeu. Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Keylor Navas all rested against Espanyol as part of seven changes made by Zinedine Zidane to the side that beat Napoli, and all are set to start at the Mestalla stadium.

Barcelona 19.2.17
Mascherano, Arda still sidelined

Barcelona will once again be without Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan for Sunday's La Liga game against Leganes. Mascherano and Arda have not featured in Barca's past two matches due to respective hamstring and groin complaints. Both men took part in training with Luis Enrique's squad on Saturday but have not recovered sufficiently, meaning Mascherano is not available as a defensive midfield alternative to the suspended Sergio Busquets.

Real Mad. 18.2.17
Benzema, Modric, Navas rested

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has just two players missing from his squad due to fitness issues this weekend. Captain Sergio Ramos is absent due to a hip problem while Danilo is unavailable with an ankle injury. Speaking on Ramos' absence in his pre-match press conference, Zidane said: "Ramos just took a knock, there is no injury there. He will be with us on Monday without any issues."

Zidane has decided to rotate his squad against Espanyol and give Keylor Navas, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema some rest ahead of next Wednesday's match in Mestalla against Valencia. The biggest piece of news, however, for Zidane is that Gareth Bale is finally all set to return to action for the first time in nearly three months.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Real Mad.523716-4-2 (22)
2Barcelona514415-6-2 (23)
3Sevilla491815-4-4 (23)
4Atletico M452413-6-4 (23)
5Real Soc.41413-2-8 (23)
6Villarreal391510-9-4 (23)
7A. Bilbao35010-5-8 (23)
8Eibar35510-5-8 (23)
9Celta33010-3-9 (22)
10Espanyol32-18-8-7 (23)
11Alaves30-67-9-7 (23)
12L. Palmas28-37-7-9 (23)
13Malaga26-66-8-9 (23)
14Valencia26-87-5-11 (23)
15Betis24-136-6-10 (22)
16Deportivo19-94-7-11 (22)
17Leganes18-234-6-13 (23)
18Gijon16-224-4-15 (23)
19Granada16-283-7-13 (23)
20Ossasuna10-281-7-15 (23)

last results

22.2Valencia - Real Mad.2 : 1
20.2Malaga - L. Palmas2 : 1
19.2Barcelona - Leganes2 : 1
19.2Celta - Ossasuna3 : 0
19.2Real Soc. - Villarreal0 : 1
19.2Valencia - A. Bilbao2 : 0
18.2Deportivo - Alaves0 : 1
18.2Real Mad. - Espanyol2 : 0
18.2Sevilla - Eibar2 : 0
18.2Gijon - Atletico M1 : 4
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Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins47 %
draws26 %
away wins27 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017

The Primera Division (La Liga) is the top level of Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule made up of two matches against each of the other 19 teams, home and away. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points for loss. But if teams are level on points, the aggregate score between those two clubs determines the ranking before the general goal difference. If three or more teams are equal, then the combined head-to-head records of just the tied teams will be used to determine the final order of those clubs.

The top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, with the top three directly entering the group stage. The 18th, 19th or 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are relegated automatically, while the top three of the Spanish Second Division are promoted. Reserve teams of the Primera clubs (called team B) may also play in the Second Division, but could not be promoted to the Spanish top flight.

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