Mascherano out for 6 weeks
Barcelona says defender Javier Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks to recover from a right knee injury. Barcelona's season is over, but the injury will rule out Mascherano from Argentina's friendly against Brazil on June 9.
Mascherano injured his leg early in Saturday's final of the Copa del Rey, when Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to defend its title for a third straight season. He also cut his head during the collision with an Alaves player that produced the leg injury.
Mascherano stretchered off with head injury
Javier Mascherano's outing in the Copa del Rey final didn't last long, as the Barcelona defender suffered a head injury that required him to leave the pitch on a stretcher after just 11 minutes. Mascherano clashed with Marcos Llorente and started bleeding heavily almost immediately. He also seemed to twist his knee while landing and held his leg as he was carried off. Fortunately for the Catalans, the Copa del Rey final is their last match of the season, so they won't have to worry about an immediate replacement should Mascherano's injury prove serious.
Barca receive double injury boost
Barcelona have received a double injury boost ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Alaves after influential duo Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano returned to training. The defensive duo were forced to miss last Sunday' final La Liga game against Eibar. Pique was sidelined with a stomach injury, while Mascherano missed the 4-2 victory with muscle problems. But both players have resumed training with the first-team squad and look set to declare their fitness for the final on Saturday.
Suarez out for 2 weeks
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez faces a 15-day spell on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury during Thursday's training session. The Uruguay star has pulled a muscle in his right leg and will consequently be out of action for the next two weeks, meaning he is set to miss the international friendlies against Ireland and Italy. Suarez was already unavailable for Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Alaves due to suspension.
Real Mad. 25.5.17
Bale and Carvajal step up recoveries
Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal stepped up their respective injury recoveries ahead of the Champions League final clash with Juventus by completing Thursday's training session alongside the rest of their Real Madrid teammates. The news comes as a major boost for Zinedine Zidane, who could have a fully-fit squad to choose from when Los Blancos visit the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff next weekend.
Bale has been out of action for a month after suffering a calf injury during the 3-2 defeat to Barcelona on 23 April. Carvajal is yet to play a game since picking up a hamstring injury during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid on 2 May.
Pique ruled out
Gerard Pique has been ruled out of Barcelona's final game of the season against Eibar. Speaking at his prematch news conference, coach Luis Enrique had said he expected to have the centre-back available for selection after he completed training with his teammates on Friday and Saturday. However, the club said on Sunday that Pique, who was taken to hospital with a stomach virus last weekend and missed the win over Las Palmas, remains unavailable. Pique is expected to be able to return for next Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Alaves.
Real Mad. 20.5.17
Bale and James in squad for Malaga clash
Zinedine Zidane has included Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in Real Madrid squad for Sunday's La Liga decider against Malaga. Zidane remains without injured defender Dani Carvajal, who is hoping to recover in time for the Champions League final against Juventus on 3 June.
Rodriguez, who has been intensely linked with a move to Manchester United over the last week, missed the midweek trip to Galicia with a minor injury, returning to full first-team training on Friday. Pepe, who also missed the midweek victory over Celta, makes the squad after completing training without any problems.
Mascherano to miss La Liga finale
Javier Mascherano will miss Barcelona's final league game of the season against Eibar on Sunday. The versatile defender suffered a thigh injury during the warm-up ahead of Barcelona's clash with Las Palmas last Sunday. Mascherano trained away from the group in Saturday's final session. "We still have to wait to know if Mascherano can play in the final of the Copa del Rey," coach Luis Enrique told reporters.
Like Mascherano, Gerard Pique missed the victory over Las Palmas after spending time in hospital with a mystery illness that left him unable to train. "Pique has trained as normal over the last two days and if he is fine tomorrow he will be in squad," Enrique added.
Real Mad. 19.5.17
Real Madrid on brink of La Liga title
Real Madrid need only a point in their game away to Malaga on Sunday to claim the Primera Division for the first time since 2011/12. Gareth Bale is still sidelined with a calf problem, while Dani Carvajal is also out after suffering a hamstring injury in the first leg of his side's Champions League semi-final win over Atletico. Zinedine Zidane's side are three points ahead of nearest rivals Barcelona, who are at home to eighth-placed Eibar at the same time.
Pique back in training
Gerard Pique has recovered from an intestinal virus that made him miss Barcelona's 4-1 win over Las Palmas. The centre-back had to go to the hospital to be treated but is returning to fitness, as he trained apart from the group today. There's a good chance Pique will be available for the final game of the season against Eibar at Camp Nou. Javier Mascherano is also recovering from an injury, while Sergi Roberto will be back from suspension.
Real Mad. 17.5.17
Nacho will be allowed to play against Celta
Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez will be allowed to play against Celta Vigo this night as the Spanish committee decided to accept Real Madrid's appeal against the yellow card he saw last Sunday in the home match against Sevilla. Coach Zinedine Zidane decided to include Nacho in Madrid's squad list as the club was awaiting for a final resolution on the appeal.
Real Mad. 17.5.17
Bale back in training
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has resumed training but has not trained with his team-mates. The 27-year-old has not played since tearing a calf muscle against Barcelona on 23 April.
Real face Juventus in the Champions League final on 3 June in Bale's home city of Cardiff. "It's not the time to talk about the Champions League final," said Real boss Zinedine Zidane. "He's much better and has already been out training." Bale will not be involved when Real travel to Celta Viga on Wednesday.