Messi suffers leg injury
Forward Lionel Messi suffered a leg muscle injury as confirmed by his club Barcelona after their 1-0 win at Villarreal. He will undergo further testing on Monday to judge the severity of the injury. The club's new forward, Munir El Haddadi, also sustained a leg injury when he was fouled with a hit to his right calf and will also undergo tests on Monday.
Iniesta misses Villarreal clash
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, nursing a knee injury, will miss Sunday's clash with Villarreal. "Iniesta has some knee discomfort. We value player's opinion a lot and together with the doctors we decided he won't play," coach Luis Enrique told reporters. "We have several options for that position, players with different qualities. I don't want to give anything away, but Xavi is certainly an option for us."
Real Mad. 30.8.14
Ronaldo to sit out Sociedad game
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday to ensure he is in top shape for the derby clash with Atletico. "Cristiano is fine, but we wanted to use this week and the next two weeks to ensure he recovers completely and to get him in top condition to prepare for the games against Atletico and the Champions League. He's not in the matchday squad," manager Carlo Ancelotti said at a press conference. Ronaldo was also left out of the Portugal squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Neymar fit for Villarreal
Barcelona striker Neymar, who missed out on the league opener against Elche after spraining his ankle, has trained at the same pace as his teammates and will be fit for Sunday's clash with Villarreal. Meanwhile, midfielder Rafinha Alcantara was absent from Thursday's training session. He worked separately from the rest of the squad on specific exercises.
Atletico M 29.8.14
Simeone's eight-match ban upheld
The Spanish Football Association Appeals Committee has rejected Atletico Madrid's appeal against Diego Simeone's eight-match touchline ban. The court's decision means Simeone will miss next four league fixtures against Eibar, Real Madrid, Celta and Almeria, with the remainder of the suspension to be served during Atletico's Spanish Super Cup matches.
Simeone will also miss the first game of the Champions League groups stages against Olympiacos for a penalty incurred at last year's final when the manager was sent off during Atletico's 4-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Beto out for a month
Sevilla goalkeeper Antonio "Beto" Bastos will be sidelined for four weeks after tearing a muscle in his left leg. Beto was injured during Saturday's Spanish league opener, when Sevilla drew 1-1 with Valencia. New signing Mariano Barbosa replaced him during the match and will likely start in his absence.
Real Mad. 24.8.14
Coentrao out with sprained knee
Fabio Coentrao will miss the beginning of Real Madrid's 2014-15 campaign after twisting his left knee in preparation for the team's La Liga opener against Cordoba on Monday evening. Marcelo is very likely to deputise in Coentrao's absence, and further assessment will reveal the extent of the blow, along with more details on how long Real will be without their defender.
Neymar injures left ankle
Neymar has likely been ruled out of Barcelona's season-opening game against Elche after spraining his ankle. The Brazil forward has only just recovered from the cracked verterbra he suffered at the World Cup. Barcelona said in a statement that the Brazil star complained of pain in his ankle after a training session on Thursday and was later diagnosed with a "grade 1" sprain. It said "his return to training will depend on how the injury treatment evolves."
Real Mad. 22.8.14
Ronaldo faces fitness test
Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo a fitness test ahead of the Supercopa de Espana second leg against Atletico Madrid. AS reports Ronaldo appeared to be carrying a hamstring injury in training on Thursday, but was able to complete the session. Carlo Ancelotti was seen speaking with Ronaldo about the problem and Ronaldo seemed to indicate he was feeling fine. Ronaldo started the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday but was withdrawn at half-time due to injury.
Real Mad. 20.8.14
Ronaldo to undergo tests
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo tests on an injury picked up in the 1-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg draw with Atletico Madrid. The Portugal star was withdrawn at half-time after complaining of pain in his left hamstring. "Cristiano had a strain and after the first half was not comfortable," Ancelotti said. "We will evaluate it tomorrow, and do the tests. At first it does not seem so serious."
Ter Stegen to miss start of season
Barcelona confirmed on Friday that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss the start of the season, with tests having revealed the extent of the back injury he sustained on Monday. Having arrived at Camp Nou during the close-season on a free transfer after his contract at Borussia Monchengladbach expired, the 22-year-old is viewed as the long-term replacement for Victor Valdes. However, his injury means fellow newcomer Claudio Bravo is likely to start in goal when Barca open their Liga campaign against Elche next Sunday.
Suarez's four-month suspension upheld
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has failed in his appeal to have a four-month playing ban overturned but the Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared him to train with his new club. The Uruguay international was suspended from all football-related activity for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, with the punishment also including a nine-match suspension from internationals. Suarez, the Uruguayan federation and Barcelona appealed to CAS and the club, at least, have had a degree of success. Barcelona's priority was to have Suarez available to work with the team and CAS has relented on that issue.