Ryan suffers injury setback
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has suffered a setback in his attempt to regain his place in the Valencia starting line-up. Ryan has missed five matches for Valencia after injuring his knee against Deportivo La Coruna on 30 August. Ryan was forced to undergo surgery the next day to repair a tear in his right meniscus. The 23-year-old was on the way to a complete recovery and had already started light training when his knee flared up again last week.
Real Mad. 5.10.15
Real Madrid confirm Carvajal ankle injury
Real Madrid confirmerd that defender Dani Carvajal injured his right ankle during the 1-1 league draw at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants did not say how long they expected the right-back to be sidelined, but tendon injuries normally take 2-3 weeks to heal. Carvajal has only missed one of Real Madrid's seven league matches this season. Carvajal will not be available for Spain's European Championship qualifying matches against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
Real Mad. 4.10.15
James out three more weeks
Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez will be out for three more weeks after suffering a setback on his thigh injury. The Colombian will not travel with his national team this week and should be ready to play El Clasico against Barcelona in November.
"We worked with those players who were injured last Thursday and James felt some pain in the same area of the injury. The player is not ready to feature. It's not a big injury but the goal was to bring him back as soon as possible so he could play against Atletico. We tried but it couldn't be," said Benitez during his pre-match press conference.
Atletico M 3.10.15
Atletico without Koke
Koke has been left out of the Atletico Madrid squad for the derby with Real Madrid after failing to recover in time for the crunch match. The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in Atleti's 2-0 win at Eibar last month and has not played since. Coach Diego Simeone confirmed Koke's absence on Saturday as he announced his 18-man squad for the derby, revealing that the star was ruled out of the clash. Atleti have lost two of the three games Koke has missed.
Real Mad. 3.10.15
James, Danilo and Pepe set to miss derby
Bad news for Real Madrid as three potential starters will miss Sunday's derby against Atletico Madrid. James, Danilo and Pepe could not complete today's training session with the rest of the squad.
Belief was that James was ahead of schedule in the road to recovery, but according to Caracol Radio, the player suffered a relapse from his muscular injury. While Danilo trained by himself he is not ready to take contact on his injured foot just yet. Pepe is still bothered by his physical problems and given that Ramos and Varane are ready, it seems smart to let him recover properly.
Abdennour picks up hamstring injury
Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 1-0 UEFA Champions League win over Lyon. The Tunisia international was substituted just before the hour, with Anderlan Santos coming on as his replacement. Abdennour joined Valencia from Monaco last month following Nicolas Otamendi's departure to Manchester City.
Iniesta adds to Barca injury crisis
Barcelona's injury problems continue to mount as captain Andres Iniesta hobbled off during their win against Bayer Leverkusen with a hamstring injury. Barcelona refused to state how long Iniesta would be sidelined for, but Catalan sports daily Sport reported the 31-year-old will be out for a month. "The information regarding Iniesta is sad, firstly for the player himself and also because (the injuries) now seem like a joke," Barca boss Luis Enrique said. "It is a handicap and we will show that we are competitive. I am very happy with how the team coped with it and I ask for more confidence to be shown in the players."
Real Mad. 27.9.15
Jese carted off with calf injury
Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez was carted off the clash with Malaga with appears to be an injured calf muscle injury. In the 58th minute, Jese attempted a shot but pulled up lame after it was safely handeled by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. Jese was clearly in pain and fell to the ground and called for the medical staff, before he was carted off the pitch and taken to the dressing room to undergo tests and determine the extent of the injury.
Messi out for up to eight weeks
Lionel Messi will be out for up to eight weeks after suffering knee ligament damage in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday, the Catalan giants confirmed. "Tests have confirmed that Leo Messi suffered a torn internal collateral knee ligament. The estimated time out will be seven to eight weeks," Barcelona said in a statement.
Messi clashed with Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas as he tried to turn the ball home inside the area and suffered a blow to his left knee in the process. He briefly returned to the field after receiving treatment, but was clearly unable to run freely before he was replaced by Munir El Haddadi.
Real Mad. 26.9.15
Pepe set to miss match with Malaga
Pepe looks set to miss Real Madrid's game against Malaga after the club confirmed he has picked up a muscular injury. The 32-year-old centre-back missed training on Friday after sustaining a knock in the 2-1 midweek win at Athletic Bilbao. Pepe's injury causes a further defensive headache for Madrid coach Rafael Benitez. Captain Sergio Ramos is also out of action due to a shoulder problem, with Raphael Varane likely to partner Nacho Fernandez at centre-back.
Real Mad. 25.9.15
Bale and James nearing Real Madrid return
Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez could make their comeback for Real Madrid in next week's derby against Atletico. Bale has not featured for Madrid since picking up a muscular problem in the 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, while James has been sidelined since the 5-0 win versus Betis back in August. The duo will not feature against Malaga on Saturday or versus Malmo in midweek, but could make their comeback at the Vicente Calderon next week.
Van der Vaart injured on Betis debut
Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart suffered a muscle injury in Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna. The summer arrival from Hamburg made his long-awaited debut at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, but it lasted just 48 minutes, calling to be substituted after clashing with team-mate Ruben Castro. It wasn't immediately known how long the 32-year-old will be out.