Real Mad. 26.4.15
Benzema and Bale expect to be fit for Champions League semi-final
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash against Celta Vigo, Carlo Ancelotti gave a status update on three of his top players, stating that all parties expect Benzema and Bale to bit fit for their Champions League clash in two weeks, while Modric is more optimism than facts at this point.
The goal is to have Bale back even before the semi-final tie and have the Welshman face Sevilla the weekend before. Luka Modric, who continues to recover from a knee sprain, is optimistic that he can return for the Champions League final on 6 June, but he is still several weeks away from full training.
Real Mad. 25.4.15
Benzema continues recovery in Lyon
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out for several weeks with the knee injury but is determined to be back in time for a hypothetical Champions League final in Berlin, should his side get past Juventus, a tie in which he may not be fit to participate. With the permission of the club, Benzema has traveled back to his hometown of Lyon to work with renowned specialist Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, who will oversee the French international's recovery and get the 27-year-old fit in time for the final matches of the season.
Sevilla hit by Pareja injury
Sevilla have lost the services of Nicolas Pareja for between six and seven months. The 31-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 2-2 draw with Zenit that secured his side a UEFA Europa League semi-final berth. The centre-back had to leave the field after 21 minutes in St Petersburg and Sevilla revealed that Pareja requires surgery. The Argentina defender is not expected to return until late this year.
Moreno suffers back injury in training
Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno was forced to leave Wednesday's training session with what is being described as a lower lumbar injury. Initial reports are that Rodrigo's injury is not serious and that Spanish international could still be ready for this weekend's match against Granada.
Pablo Piatti, who was just declared fit after being injured for the past several weeks also cut his session short as the diminutive Argentine did not want to risk re-aggrevating his injury and trained apart from the group for the final part.
Injury blow for Elche
Elche have suffered a blow with the news that defender Jose Angel will be out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury. The 26-year-old was hurt during Tuesday's training session and scans suggest he will be sidelined for at least six months. Midfielders Aaron and Victor Rodriguez as well as striker Mario Pasalic are all suspended this weekend while Jose Angel has joined injured defenders Edu Albacar and Sergio Pelegrin on the sidelines.
Dos Santos out for a month
Giovani Dos Santos may not play again for Villarreal this season, with the club confirming on Monday that he has suffered a grade one strain in his right thigh. Dos Santos was named in Villarreal's starting team to face Cordoba in La Liga on Sunday, but pulled up in the warm-up. The former Barcelona forward has already had an injury hit season and has started just 14 league matches. Although the club didn't give an estimated recovery period, reports have suggested it could be around one month.
Real Mad. 19.4.15
Modric out for up to 6 weeks
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to be out of action for up to six weeks with a knee injury, which means he is could miss the rest of the La Liga season. The Croatia international underwent tests on Sunday morning, confirming the club's worst fears of a medial collateral ligament sprain on his right knee. Modric has suffered an injury-ravaged season, making just 16 starts in La Liga. He only returned from a four-month injury layoff last month after suffering a hamstring strain on international duty.
Real Mad. 18.4.15
Bale and Modric suffer injuries
Gareth Bale and Luka Modric left Real Madrid's match against Malaga with leg injuries on Saturday, four days before their Champions League second-leg quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid. Madrid spokesman Emilio Burtagueno said they were "concerned" about both players and would have to wait for medical tests on Sunday to know the extent of their injuries.
Bale sat on the turf at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium rubbing his left calf before team doctors signaled to coach Carlo Ancelotti that he needed to be changed in the fourth minute of the Spanish league match. Modric went down in the 57th after hurting his right knee. Ancelotti left Karim Benzema off his squad for the Malaga match as the striker received a knock in training on Friday.
Atletico M 17.4.15
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.
Real Mad. 17.4.15
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.
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.
Carrico left out of Sevilla squad
Sevilla defender Daniel Carrico has been left out of the squad to face Zenit St. Petersburg tonight, after not recovering in time from a knock he sustained against Barcelona. The Portuguese has been a pivotal figure for Sevilla this season, and has formed an excellent partnership with Nico Pareja at the heart of the team's defence.