Real Mad. 12.2.16
Bale suffers injury setback
Real Madrid were dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that star forward Gareth Bale would not recover in time for the crucial Champions League match against Roma on Wednesday. The Wales international has reportedly suffered a setback as he recovers from a calf injury. Bale had hobbled off the pitch in the first half of Los Blancos' 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon. The club had said he had been diagnosed with 'soleus muscle injury in his right leg' but the initial diagnosis had said he would be out for three weeks, back in time for the Champions League clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 17 February.
Messi back in training
Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Thursday after receiving treatment for kidney stones which affected his participation in December's Club World Cup. The Argentina international had tests "to assess the development of kidney stones," Barca reported. Messi missed Wednesday's 1-1 Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg draw with Valencia. The five-time World Player of the Year is due to start Sunday's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo.
Real Mad. 9.2.16
Real confirm Marcelo shoulder dislocation
Real Madrid defender Marcelo has suffered a dislocated right shoulder, the club confirmed on Tuesday. According to media reports, the Brazilian left back is doubtful for the club's Champions League match against Roma, although medical report did not specify his length of recovery time. Marcelo's injury is similar to the one that has kept Sergio Ramos sidelined for large parts of the season.
Media reports in Spain also say that Real Madrid could be without Gareth Bale for the first leg of the Round of 16 clash, although the club have not confirmed a relapse in his recovery from a calf injury.
Messi will miss Copa del Rey clash
Barcelona's commanding lead in the Copa del Rey semi-finals will give Lionel Messi the chance to correct a kidney problem. Los Blaugranas issued a press release via their website: "FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December. Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday." Messi should have no problem to play against Celta Vigo, according to club officers.
Real Mad. 8.2.16
Marcelo suffers shoulder injury
Real Madrid ended the match in Granada with Marcelo injured. He went off with a badly injured shoulder after a collision with Granada's Isaac Success in midfield. Manager Zinedine Zidane, at the post-match press conference, stated that Marcelo had a shoulder injury though they did not yet know how serious the damage was.
Atletico M 4.2.16
Filipe Luis suspension reduced
Filipe Luis' three-match ban for his lunge into Barcelona's Lionel Messi during Aletico Madrid's 2-1 defeat last weekend has been reduced to one match. The appeals committee said in a statement that the referee report "did not explain exactly why the clash was so dangerous." The Brazil international was shown a straight red card for the challenge, which caught Messi on the knee just before half-time.
Atletico M 3.2.16
Filipe Luis banned three games
Brazilian defender Filipe Luis has been suspended three games for a dangerous foul on Lionel Messi in Atletico Madrid's game against Barcelona last weekend. Luis earned a straight red card for sticking his studs into Messi's knee while going for a ball just before halftime in Barcelona's 2-1 win at the Camp Nou. Atletico Madrid said it will appeal the suspension, saying it was too harsh.
Messi in Barcelona squad vs. Valencia
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has included Lionel Messi in his squad for the the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Valencia. Messi sparked fears over his participation in Wednesday's game after being unable to train on Monday, having suffered a knee knock during the 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend. However, Claudio Bravo, Douglas, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Sandro and long-term injury Rafinha Alcantara will miss the Copa del Rey game against Valencia, with the first five rested ahead of the La Liga match against Levante on Sunday.
Atletico M 31.1.16
Double injury blow for Atletico
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Diego Godin and Augusto Fernandez suffered knee ligament injuries in Saturday's defeat to Barcelona. Fernandez was substituted with 15 minutes remaining in the 2-1 loss, with Atletico already down to nine men after Godin followed Filipe Luis in being sent off. The Uruguay defender had also suffered an injury early in the game, though, as his club revealed in a statement on their official website. No timescale was placed on either player's recovery.
Emery confirms Krychowiak blow
Unai Emery has confirmed that Grzegorz Krychowiak picked up an injury in training ahead of Sevilla's early kick-off against Levante on Sunday. A statement on Sevilla's official website has since revealed a ligament strain in Krychowiak's right knee, which will rule him out of the club's "upcoming games".
Barcelona trio doubtful for Copa del Rey
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is facing an injury crisis in his midfield ahead of the Copa del Rey game against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, with Andres Iniesta the latest victim of the fever outbreak that has hit his dressing room. The club revealed earlier in the week that both Sergio Busquets and Arda Turan had missed training due to the illness. Barca confirmed all three players had missed Tuesday's training session, and refused to set a timescale for their return.
There was good news for Enrique though, as he looks ready to have his MSN attack available again, with Neymar returning to training sessions following a minor knock in his hamstring.
Real Mad. 24.1.16
Ramos not available against Betis
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Sergio Ramos will not be available for the match against Betis. "I talked with him and we decided to wait another more week so that he has enough time to recover from his small injury," said Zidane.
James Rodriguez could be the one replacing Gareth Bale in the lineup. "I am very happy with how he trained this week. He is working hard and he is ready for tomorrow's game, although you will see what will happen tomorrow," explained the manager. "The rumors about James' parties bother me, we should not be talking about these rumors and the same happens when someone doesn't play."