Real Mad. 31.10.14
Pepe and Modric questionable
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed defender Pepe and midfielder Luka Modric are doubts for the game against Granada. "I have to wait before deciding the lineup, Pepe and Modric had small problems. Bale, Coentrao and Jese are not available," he said at a press conference.
Atletico M 31.10.14
Gabi and Ansaldi fit to play
Atletico Madrid's Gabi and Cristian Ansaldi have both been declared fit and have resumed regular training after missing the past several days with injuries. Gabi missed last weekend's match against Getafe due to a left thigh injury suffered the previous week against Espanyol and the midfielder looks set to start against Cordoba after training with the starters on Thursday. Ansaldi, who also missed the Getafe win due to a left hamstring injury, has been given the medical green light to return to training and the Argentine could also start over Siqueira.
Four-game suspension for Alexis
Getafe defender Alexis Ruano has been handed a four-match ban after punching Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic in the face in last weekend's derby. Alexis' punch was in retaliation for Manzukic pulling him down in the penalty area, which allowed the Croatian to score the game-winning header. While Mandzukic was on the ground recovering from the punch, Getafe's Juan Rodriguez stepped on the striker's leg, but the foul went uncalled. Alexis will now be forced to sit in the stands while his side takes on Deportivo La Coruna, Elche, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
Real Mad. 29.10.14
Bale set to be fit for Liverpool clash
Gareth Bale is set to return to action for Real Madrid in the coming days, just in time for the UEFA Champions League visit of Liverpool. The Wales star has a gluteus muscle strain and has not played since the last international break. There are suggestions Bale was even considered for the weekend Clasico but that both the club and the player opted to wait another week before his return.
Perez suffers knee contusion
Deportivo La Coruna winger, Lucas Perez was forced to leave Sunday's 0-0 draw with Espanyol after suffering a left knee contusion and is awaiting tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Lucas has been one of Depor's most consistent players and the early indications are that it's not a bone bruise and the player will be fit in time for next weekend's match against a surging Getafe side.
Barcelona confirm Iniesta injury
Barcelona have confirmed that Andres Iniesta suffered a calf injury in El Clasico but it remains unclear how long he will be ruled out for. The Spain midfielder had to be withdrawn with just under 20 minutes remaining in Barca's 3-1 La Liga defeat against arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The influential playmaker was assessed on Sunday and the Catalan giants confirmed he had damaged his calf.
Iniesta limps off
An already bad day for Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico got worse late in the contest, as Andres Iniesta had to leave the pitch with an apparent injury. Iniesta picked up the injury in a 50-50 tackle with Luka Modric. The Barcelona midfielder got up and tried to play on, but quickly realized that he wasn't fit to continue and went to ground. Trainers came on to treat him and it was quickly determined that a substitution had to be made. Iniesta was able to leave the pitch under his own power.
Real Mad. 24.10.14
Ramos rejoins group training
Sergio Ramos has recovered from his calf injury just in time ahead of Saturday's El Clasico, and has rejoined the group training for the first time since his injury. Ramos injured his calf on international duty in the beginning of September and was unable to take part in his country's fixtures against Slovakia and Luxembourg. It was speculated that the Spanish international might get minutes against Liverpool on Wednesday, but in the end, the club decided not to take risks.
Fellow defender Pepe is doubtful. "Pepe has taken a knock, but if he recovers well from that blow, he will play," coach Ancelotti said. Gareth Bale remains sidelined and has yet to train with the group, and is therefore almost certainly ruled out of the match against Barcelona.
Levante without Martins and Vyntra
Levante duo Rafael Martina and Loukas Vyntra will be sidelined for this weekend's La Liga clash against Real Madrid, leaving the Valencia side with one less attacking option and without arguably their best defender. The 33-year-old Vyntra suffered a pulled hamstring while on international duty with Greece. Rafael Martins, who was just given medical clearance from his previous injury, suffered a relapse in the recovery process of his leg muscle tear.
Real Mad. 16.10.14
Khedira returns to training
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira participated in his first full-team training session on Wednesday, after missing the past several months due to injury. Khedira has been training apart from the group for several weeks, doing individual workouts while the transfer rumour mill has pegged him to make a move to England, Italy or Germany when he is back to full fitness is January.
A. Bilbao 15.10.14
Muniain suffers shoulder injury
Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain was forced to leave Spain U21's 1-2 loss to Serbia on Tuesday evening after the star injured his shoulder less than 10 minutes into the second half. Muniain was immediately taken off and was seen grimacing and holding his left shoulder as he went to the dressing room. It is unknown at this time if Muniain will be fit to face Celta Vigo this coming Saturday or if he will be able to play in next week's Champions League tie. A statement released by Athletic Club Bilbao confirmed the injury but announced that it was not a serious as originally feared.
Real Mad. 14.10.14
Benzema to miss Armenia friendly
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will likely be held out of Tuesday's friendly against Armenia as the Frenchman is still recovering from a foot injury suffered in last weekend's win over Portugal. In his pre-match press conference, France manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Benzema is doubtful but the positive is that his scans came back negative and the injury to his foot isn't as serious as originally believed. Benzema is expected to recover in time to face Levante this weekend, as well as Liverpool in the Champions League the following week in the lead up to 'El Clasico' on the 25th October.