Real Mad. 9.12.16
Ronaldo, Benzema and Modric rested
Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid's game against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday after the Portuguese star was left out of the squad on Friday. Midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema were also omitted for the final league game of 2016, with coach Zinedine Zidane opting to rest the trio before the team fly to Japan for the Club World Cup. Real lead nearest challengers Barcelona by six points at the top of the standings and can set a new club record of 35 games unbeaten in all competitions if they avoid defeat by Deportivo.
Atletico M 8.12.16
Filipe Luis suffers thigh tear
Filipe Luis is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury during training on Wednesday. The left-back has been a mainstay in Atletico's defence under Diego Simeone, playing 18 of their 20 matches in all competitions this season. He sat out Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League with Atleti's progress to the last 16 already secured and a day later he suffered a grade two tear in his left thigh. Tests conducted on Thursday confirmed the tear, but Atleti did not confirm how long he will be out for.
Nani to miss rest of year
Portugal winger Luis Nani has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a right leg injury. The 30-year-old will miss Valencia's league games against Malaga and Real Sociedad and the Copa Del Rey return match against Leganes. Nani has scored two goals in 11 appearances after joining Valencia from Fenerbahce this summer. Midfielders Enzo Perez and Mario Suarez also expected to miss Sunday's game after picking up knocks in Tuesday's 3-1 Copa Del Rey win at Leganes.
Real Mad. 1.12.16
Bale injury worse than feared
Gareth Bale's injury woe could be set to last longer than initially feared, according to reports. Though the 27-year-old was expected to miss two to three months with a peroneal tendon injury, which he picked up against Sporting Lisbon last week, AS reports his absence could be for a significantly longer period, citing up to four months. Bale underwent surgery on his damaged ankle in London on Tuesday, which apparently revealed the injury to be greater than initially anticipated.
Mathieu out of Clasico
Barca defender Jeremy Mathieu has been dealt another injury setback after the club confirmed he will be missing for up to 20 more days with a continued calf problem. Mathieu, 32, has been out of action since the end of October when he first picked up the injury in the Catalan Super Cup defeat against Espanyol.
Barcelona are also sweating on the fitness of Jordi Alba ahead of this weekend's game against Real Madrid. The left-back has brusing in his knee and a sprained ankle and is a major doubt for the Clasico. In better news, Andres Iniesta will be available for the game against Real. The playmeker has been out since October with knee ligament damage.
Real Mad. 30.11.16
Bale has successful ankle surgery
Gareth Bale has successfully undergone surgery on his damaged ankle in London, Real Madrid have announced. Bale went under the knife to repair the peroneal tendon injury he sustained during Real's Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon last week. It remains to be seen when Bale exactly will be able to return to action, but it could be he will not be available until February.
Real Mad. 29.11.16
Casemiro returns ahead of Clasico
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro will make his comeback from injury in the King's Cup home match against Cultural Leonesa, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday. The Brazil international fractured a bone in his left leg in September and has not played since. "The idea is for Casemiro to play tomorrow. It will be his first game (since the injury) and then we shall see on Saturday," Zidane told a news conference. "In any case, he has returned to the group and in theory, he is read to play."
Real Mad. 25.11.16
Varane and Coentrao ruled out
Raphael Varane trained away from the rest of the Real Madrid squad for the second day running on Friday, causing him to become a serious doubt for the game against Gijon on Saturday. The 23-year-old Frenchman hurt his right knee which needed surgery in 2013 and has since suffered from inflammation. Pepe and Casemiro have returned to the squad for the Gijon match, but Fabio Coentrao, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata are also missing though injury.
Atletico M 25.11.16
Torres set to miss Osasuna clash
Fernando Torres will likely miss Sunday's La Liga match with Osasuna after suffering a hip injury. After Thursday's training session, the Atletico Madrid striker received a physical check-up and was diagnosed with a muscular problem in his left hip. Torres hasn't been a regular in the line-up for Atletico this season, making just two starts in La Liga.
Iniesta returns to training
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has handed a major boost to coach Luis Enrique by returning to training eight days before the visit of Real Madrid on December 3. Iniesta damaged ligaments in October's win at Valencia and was initially ruled out for six to eight weeks, but Enrique confirmed recently that his recovery was ahead of schedule. However, Arda Turan missed training on Friday due to fever but should be fine for Sunday's game at Real Sociedad, where Barca have not won in the league since 2007.
Real Mad. 24.11.16
Bale to undergo ankle surgery
Gareth Bale is to undergo surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during Tuesday's Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid have announced. The Wales international was replaced just before the hour mark during the 2-1 victory and tests on Wednesday revealed he had suffered damage to his peroneal tendons. Real have now announced the 27-year-old will go under the knife in London next Tuesday. The European champions have not said how long they expect Bale to be sidelined for but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for up to three months.
Atletico M 24.11.16
Filipe Luis suffers hamstring spasm
Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis suffered a spasm in his left hamstring during Wednesday's Champions League win over PSV, the club confirmed. The Brazil international was forced off in the 72nd minute and replaced by Juanfran after pulling up with the injury. Atletico's medical staff are yet to determine the seriousness of the issue, though.