Arda Turan could miss Granada clash
Arda Turan is the latest Barcelona star to give Luis Enrique injury concerns after the Turkish international missed the Thursday training session before appearing in a promotional event with his right ankle heavily bandaged. The Turkish international picked up a knock against Espanyol on Tuesday night. Barcelona are yet to comment, but Turan looks a big doubt for at least the La Liga game with Granada on Saturday.
Mathieu ruled out for three weeks
Jeremy Mathieu will be sidelined for the next three weeks with a calf problem. The centre-back was taken off in the second half of Barcelona's 1-0 Catalan Cup defeat to Espanyol on Tuesday and it was initially hoped he would recover within a few days. However, his injury is more serious than expected. Mathieu joins Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba on the sidelines, leaving coach Luis Enrique with a shortage of defenders ahead of this weekend's visit from Granada in La Liga. Alba and Pique were ruled out for two weeks and three weeks, respectively.
Real Mad. 25.10.16
Coentrao makes Real return in Cup
Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is set to make his return following seven months out injured after being named in the squad for Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with third-tier Cultural Leonesa. Portuguese international Coentrao, 28, was loaned to Monaco last season but suffered a hamstring injury in April that cut short his stint in the principality and forced him to undergo surgery.
Iniesta out for up to two months
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is set to be sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury, the Spanish champions have announced. Iniesta was carried off on a stretcher just 14 minutes into Saturday's LaLiga victory over Valencia at the Mestalla after being injured by an Enzo Perez tackle.
A Barca statement read: "Andres Iniesta has injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. After an initial diagnosis at the Mestalla stadium, the tests taken in Barcelona have revealed the extent of the injury. The midfielder is expected to be out for between six and eight weeks."
Iniesta leaves game on stretcher with knee injury
Barcelona's injury woes continued on Saturday as Andres Iniesta was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of their game against Valencia. The midfielder hit the ground after a firm challenge from Enzo Perez and immediately signalled for the stretcher. After being attended to by the club's medical team for several minutes for what looked like a knee injury, he left the Mestalla pitch in tears.
The Catalan club will have to hope the injury is not as serious as Iniesta's reaction may suggest. They are already without defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba for the coming weeks, while Arda Turan and Rafinha pulled out of the trip to Valencia with injuries sustained in training.
Iniesta facing lengthy layoff
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Andres Iniesta is likely to miss a number of weeks as a result of a knee injury sustained against Valencia. The Spain international was carried off on a stretcher in obvious pain after a challenge from Enzo Perez during the first half of Barca's 3-2 LaLiga win at Mestalla on Saturday. The club later confirmed he had sustained damage to the lateral collateral ligament of his right knee, with initial reports suggesting he will not play again until 2017. Enrique says further tests will be carried out on Sunday, but admitted that the problem looked "serious".
Pique out for three weeks
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is set to be sidelined for around three weeks with an external lateral ligament sprain. He sustained the injury in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Manchester City at the Nou Camp. The 29-year-old was replaced just before half-time in Barca's 4-0 win and further tests on Thursday morning have revealed the extent of the problem.
Fellow defender Jordi Alba also limped out of the match, being substituted just nine minutes in. The 27-year-old is now set to be absent for a fortnight with a hamstring injury.
Fernandez to miss rest of season
Sevilla expect striker Carlos Fernandez to miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. The 20-year-old will definitely undergo surgery in order to overcome the knee injury he suffered on October 6 in training. Fernandez had started the season brightly and forced his way into the first-team reckoning following a 17-goal campaign last year for Sevilla's reserve side. He also scored his first La Liga goal in the 2-1 win over Las Palmas on September 10.
Messi set to return for Barcelona
Lionel Messi is expected to make his comeback this weekend as Barcelona host Deportivo La Coruna. The Argentine forward has been out of action since sustaining a groin injury last month and Barcelona find themselves in the unusual position of sitting fourth in the table after seven games, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, Barca coach Luis Enrique said that Messi is back in training, but warned that there is still work to be done ahead of his full return to the side.
Barcelona trio miss training
Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Jasper Cillessen all missed the Barcelona training session on Thursday as Luis Enrique's side continued preparations for the match with Deportivo la Coruna. However, Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti stepped up their rehabilitation, with the pair expected to see some gametime to gain match fitness ahead of Champions League encounter with Manchester City.
Alba pulled out of the Spanish national team with a muscle problem on 7 October. Sergi Roberto joined his compatriot days later, picking up a muscle strain while training with the Spain squad. The duo are expected to be back for the Manchester City game, but the Deportivo encounter will presumably come to early. Cillessen is set to miss both upcoming games, having suffered sprained ankle ligaments on international duty. However, his expected three-week absence is not a major concern as Marc-Andre ter Stegen was likely to be goalkeeper in both matches anyway.
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Ramos likely to miss 6 weeks
Sergio Ramos is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks because of a knee injury sustained while playing for Spain. Real Madrid said test results Monday showed his injury is a grade two tear of his medial collateral ligament. The club said his condition "will continue to be assessed," but players with similar injuries usually need about a month and a half to recover.
Injury blow for Barcelona duo
Barcelona have been dealt with a double blow, with Jasper Cillessen and Sergi Roberto both picking up injuries while away on international duty. Scans have revealed Cillessen has strained ligaments in his right ankle while training with the Netherlands team and will be unavailable for selection for at least three weeks. Roberto picked up a strain in his right abductor in the lead up to Spain's encounter with Albania. The club is expected to release an update on Roberto's condition in the coming days but at this stage he is in doubt for the La Liga clash with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday and Champions League meeting with Manchester City.