Real Mad. 8.6.13
Xabi Alonso has back surgery
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone surgery after missing several games at the end of last season because of back pain. The 31-year-old was left out of Spain's squad for the Confederations Cup in June in Brazil because of the problem. The Spanish club did not indicate how long Alonso is expected to be out while recovering.
Lionel Messi to miss 3 weeks
Lionel Messi will be sidelined for up to three weeks after re-aggravating his right hamstring strain, an injury that has hampered his ability to play over the past six weeks. Barcelona says tests performed Tuesday revealed the muscle strain. Messi first injured his hamstring on April 2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals against Paris Saint-Germain and re-aggravated the injury in Sunday's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.
Messi could be sidelined again
Lionel Messi could miss the rest of Barcelona's season after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid. Messi started his first domestic match since the end of March, but was taken off in the 68th minute, leaving his side to play the rest of the match with 10 men as all three substitutes had already been used. Messi has scored 46 league goals this season, just four short of matching last season's record-breaking tally.
Real Mad. 13.5.13
Varane needs surgery on right knee
Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane suffered a knee injury in Saturday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Espanyol and looks set to miss the rest of the season. The 20-year-old Frenchman wrote on Twitter on Sunday that medical tests indicate he has "torn cartilage" that will require an operation. Meanwhile, Spanish media reported that Varane will be out of action for four to six weeks. He will also miss the King's Cup final against Atletico Madrid on Friday.
Barcelona without Valdes and Abidal
Barcelona will be without goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Eric Abidal for Sunday's match at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish club says that Valdes has not recovered from a left-foot injury that kept him out of last weekend's game also. Abidal will be sidelined after hurting a muscle in his left leg during Friday's training session. Abidal recently returned from a liver transplant.
Valdes to miss Betis
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will not be able to take part in the match against Real Betis due to an inflammation in his left foot. Valdes, who missed the game between Catalonia and Nigeria in January because of the same problem, was unable to train alongside his teammates on Saturday morning and exercised separately. Backup Jose Pinto will likely take his place in goal.
Real Mad. 27.4.13
Ronaldo out of Madrid derby
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid, the club's assistant coach Aitor Karanka confirmed on Friday. Ronaldo picked up a thigh strain in Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League defeat at Dortmund and did barely five minutes of jogging on Friday before returning to the indoor gym at Real's training complex. "He has a muscle problem and he wasn't able to train today and he isn't in the squad for tomorrow," Karanka said. "We hope to have him back for the return match against Dortmund," he added.
Real Mad. 21.4.13
Marcelo and Modric pick up muscle injuries
Marcelo and Luka Modric are doubtful for Real Madrid's semi-final trip to Borussia Dortmund after being forced off with injuries in Saturday's 3-1 win against Real Betis. Marcelo was taken off on a stretcher in the early stages after falling awkwardly during a challenge while Modric pulled up midway through the second half with what appeared to be a thigh or hamstring strain. "The injuries were the worst aspect of the game," Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka said. "Marcelo felt a sharp pain. Modric's problem seems only to be a strain, but he said he felt something and we'll do some checks."
Leo Baptistao breaks collarbone
Rayo Vallecano says striker Leo Baptistao broke his collarbone during Friday's 1-1 draw at Mallorca. The 20-year-old Brazilian had to be substituted in the 65th minute after he was hurt in a fall. Leo Baptistao has scored seven goals for Rayo in league this season and has played an important part in its surprisingly strong campaign.
Messi back to training
Barcelona says forward Lionel Messi has returned to training with the rest of his teammates in his recovery from a right hamstring pull. Barcelona hopes to have the Argentina international fully fit for Tuesday's trip to Bayern Munich for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Messi didn't play in Barcelona's last two Spanish league games after injuring his leg on April 2.
Midfielder Sergio Busquets has recovered from injury and is training with the team, while backup goalkeeper Jose Pinto is having back pain.
Real Mad. 14.4.13
Oezil to miss Bilbao
Real Madrid will be without midfielder Mesut Oezil for the game at Athletic Bilbao. The German playmaker was left out of the squad for Sunday's match because of an ankle sprain. Madrid will also be missing defender Alvaro Arbeloa, midfielder Michael Essien, and back-up playmaker Kaka, who are all out because of injury.
Messi to sit out Zaragoza trip
Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona's squad for the game at Real Zaragoza as part of plan to rest several first-choice players. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and goalkeeper Jose Pinto will also miss Sunday's match.
Messi injured his right hamstring last week and went on as a substitute on Wednesday while still not fully fit to help Barcelona get past Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League semifinals. The club says Busquets hurt his groin and Pinto has back pain, while the coaches decided to rest Iniesta and Alba.