Vermaelen finally fit
Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has recovered from a right leg injury that has kept him from debuting with his new club since transferring from Arsenal. Vermaelen has been sidelined since hurting a leg muscle while playing for Belgium in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, right back Douglas, who made his debut in a 0-0 draw at Malaga on Wednesday, has flulike symptoms and didn't train with the team on Thursday.
Neymar and Rakitic fit for Malaga clash
Neymar and Ivan Rakitic have been included in the Barcelona squad for Wednesday's La Liga match against Malaga after overcoming injuries. Meanwhile, coach Luis Enrique will have to make do without the services of the injured Rafinha, Jordi Masip and Thomas Vermaelen, though, while Dani Alves and Jeremy Mathieu have both been left out of the 19-man squad for technical reasons. Barcelona have made a perfect start to the season so far, racing to the top of the La Liga table after four straight wins, eleven goals scored and none conceded.
Neymar returns to training
Barcelona striker Neymar has returned to training after injuring his ankle last weekend. Neymar participated in an individual workout on Monday, and was back with his teammates for Tuesday's practice. Neymar, who missed the La Liga opener after injuring his left ankle, left Barcelona's 5-0 victory at Levante on Sunday after an opponent fell on his leg. The club also announced Rakitic returned to action from a bruised foot.
Neymar and Rakitic doubtful
Barcelona pair Neymar and Ivan Rakitic have picked up minor injuries that could sideline them for Wednesday's La Liga game at Malaga. Brazil forward Neymar hurt an ankle and had to be substituted early in the second half of Sunday's 5-0 win at Levante, while Croatia midfielder Rakitic has a bruised foot and both were having treatment. How the injuries develop "will determine when they can return to training", Barca said on their website.
Atletico M 17.9.14
Mandzukic to have surgery
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic broke his nose during Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Olympiakos in the Champions League. The Croatian international will have surgery on Thursday. Mandzukic was elbowed in the face in the opening minutes of the match. After being attended by the medical staff, he returned to the field, heading in Atletico's first goal. Spanish newspaper AS reports that the 28-year-old will be out for two weeks and will likely have to wear a mask on his return to competitive action.
Mandzukic has scored six goals in all competitions since his offseason move to Atletico from Bayern.
Messi set to face Bilbao
Lionel Messi has recovered from a leg injury and has been included in Barcelona squad for Saturday's league match against Athletic Bilbao. Messi had been sidelined since Aug. 31 when he hurt a right leg muscle during Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal. He played the entire game but Barcelona said afterward he had sustained an injury. The 27-year-old missed Argentina's 4-2 win over Germany in a friendly during the international break.
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Ronaldo fit to play
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his comeback from injury against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and picked up a hamstring strain last month but has been passed fit by Real Madrid's medical team.
Atletico M 10.9.14
Atletico hit by Rodriguez blow
Atletico Madrid may have lost Cristian Rodriguez to a calf injury ahead of this weekend's city derby with Real. The Uruguay winger suffered the setback while on international duty this week, limping out of his country's 1-0 win over South Korea just 24 minutes into the contest. Rodriguez may not have been at the forefront of coach Diego Simeone's thoughts for this weekend's match regardless as the winger has featured in just six minutes of action in opening two games of the Liga season.
Real Mad. 10.9.14
Khedira undergoes knee surgery
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has undergone surgery on a knee problem. The Germany international is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, but has also now received treatment on his left knee. Khedira missed most of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, before suffering a strain in the other at the World Cup earlier this year.
Mathieu a doubt for Bilbao clash
Full-back Jeremy Mathieu is a doubt for Barcelona's clash with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury. The defender has recently returned from international duty with France, having played the full 90 minutes as Didier Deschamps' men drew 1-1 with Serbia in a friendly on Sunday. Barca have revealed that their new signing from Valencia was forced to miss training on Wednesday due to a problem with his right ankle. Mathieu has started both of Barca's league matches so far this season, playing his part in wins over Elche and Villarreal.
Real Mad. 9.9.14
Ronaldo may play against Atletico
Cristiano Ronaldo may be able to play for Real Madrid this Saturday against Atletico. It appears CR7 overcame his injury, finishing today's training session. The Portuguese striker was ruled out of Real Madrid's last game against Real Sociedad. Ronaldo also missed his National Team's call up to face Albania in the Euro Qualifiers.
Los Blancos will be without Daniel Carvajal, who came down with an injury after last week's friendly against France, and Sami Khedira, who has been ruled out for the next six weeks.
Dos Santos sidelined for 3 to 4 weeks
Mexico and Villarreal forward Giovanni dos Santos has been ruled out of action for the next three or four weeks after tearing the hamstring in left leg. Dos Santos sustained the injury during Mexico's match against Chile at the weekend. The player left the Mexican camp and returned to Villarreal, where he underwent tests that confirmed the torn muscle.