Iniesta ruled out
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Saturday's game against Espanyol with a groin problem. Luis Enrique wanted to leave it as late as possible before making a decision on the midfielder's fitness, but was finally forced to leave him out of his 18-man squad for the game at Cornella-El Prat. The Blaugrana have not revealed how long they expect to be without Iniesta, with just three league games and the Copa del Rey final to come after this weekend.
Barca are also without injured trio Rafinha, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal at Espayol, but Neymar returns from a three-game ban.
Iniesta doubtful for Espanyol match
Barcelona has Neymar back from suspension but captain Andres Iniesta is in doubt for the local derby against Espanyol this weekend in the Spanish league. Iniesta is bothered by a right leg muscle injury and did not practice on Friday. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he will wait as long as possible to see if the midfielder will be available. If Iniesta can't play, his likely replacement will be Andre Gomes.
Atletico M 26.4.17
Carrasco suffers collarbone injury
Atletico Madrid have taken another hit on the fitness front, as the club revealed that winger Yannick Carrasco has suffered a Grade I strain to his right clavicle. The announcement came after a tense waiting period which began in the 72nd minute of Tuesday's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal. Carrasco had come on as a substitute in the 56th minute but collided with defender Antonio Rukavina moments later.
The Belgian left the Vicente Calderon in an ambulance, and in the meantime rumor spread that the 23-year-old had broken his collarbone. Gabi gave an interview, where he revealed that Carrasco could not move his hand due to the hit he suffered, and it was feared that the explosive winger's season was over. AS' F.J. Diaz was the first to dispel that notion, reporting that Carrasco had a strain rather than a fracture. He was also the first to give a timetable for his return: May 10 at the Calderon.
Real Mad. 25.4.17
Bale set for month out
Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid's season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago. Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid's 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid's previous two matches with an ankle injury.
"After the tests carried out today to our player Gareth Bale... he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the calf of his left leg," Madrid said in a statement on Tuesday. The club didn't put a timeframe on Bale's return, but Spanish media, including sports daily AS, widely reported he will be sidelined for a month.
Real Mad. 24.4.17
Ramos to miss Deportivo match
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane faces a major headache over his back-line when his team visit Deportivo la Coruna on Wednesday. Sergio Ramos will be unavailable after being shown the red card for a two-footed tackle on Lionel Messi during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Barcelona, while Raphael Varane and Pepe missed El Clasico due to different injury concerns. Real Madrid are also waiting on results of a scan on Gareth Bale's latest injury blow. The Welshman was forced off earlier in the first half against Barca after having missed the previous two games due to a muscle injury.
Real Mad. 23.4.17
Bale limps out of El Clasico
Gareth Bale's El Clasico last just 39 minutes as the Welshman limped off with an ankle problem. The Real Madrid winger dropped to the ground as his troublesome ankle began to bother him throughout the duration of the first half. Bale had missed Real's last two games - a La Liga win over Gijon and the Champions League win over Bayern Munich. But the former Tottenham man was announced as fit to play following a pre-match medical assessment and started at the Bernabeu. Bale was replaced by Marco Asensio and hobbled straight down the tunnel for an assessment.
Barcelona confirm Neymar will not face Real
Barcelona has decided to leave Neymar out of El Clasico against Real Madrid because of the legal uncertainty over an appeal to overturn his suspension. The club had taken all legal measures to try to clear the player for Sunday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but ended up not including him in the squad because there had been no ruling on its latest appeal by Sunday morning.
Barcelona's first appeal was rejected by the Spanish football federation last week, but the club was also trying to reverse the suspension through a local sports tribunal.
Real Mad. 20.4.17
Bale returns to training
Gareth Bale has handed Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane a major boost by returning to training ahead of the visit of Barcelona on Sunday. The 27-year-old has missed Real Madrid's wins over Bayern Munich and Sporting Gijon after being forced off with a calf injury during the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals against the Bundesliga giants on 12 April.
The Wales international is on course to return to action in El Clasico, but the game will probably come too early for Raphael Varane and Pepe.
Spain FA uphold Neymar three-match ban
Barcelona were unsuccessful in their appeal of Neymar's three-match ban before the appeals committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation on Thursday. The Blaugrana club have one more option and will take the case before the federation's Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. If they win, Neymar could be eligible to play in Sunday's Clasico against Real Madrid.
Neymar was sent off for picking up two yellow cards as Barca were beaten at Malaga earlier this month. That carries a one-match ban, but referee wrote in his report that the Brazil international had "sarcastically applauded" the fourth official as he left the pitch. The RFEF competition committee deemed that worthy of an additional two-game ban.
Atletico M 19.4.17
Juanfran ruled out for three weeks
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that full-back Juanfran has been ruled out for the next three weeks. The 32-year-old suffered a left thigh injury in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League quarter-final second-leg draw with Leicester City. Defender Filipe Luis also sustained a hand injury but he will be available for Saturday's trip to Espanyol. Despite fracturing a finger, the Brazilian left-back can play and train with a splint to protect his right hand.
Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will serve a one-match ban on Friday when Granada travel to Sevilla in the Spanish La Liga. Wakaso tallied five yellow cards in the 3-0 home defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday. Wakaso, on loan from Greek side Panathinaikos, has scored one goal in nine league matches.
Real Mad. 17.4.17
Bale to miss Bayern clash
Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final second leg clash with Bayern Munich after the Wales international failed to recover from a calf injury. The 27-year-old was taken off in the second period of the 2-1 win in the first leg and also sat out the weekend's clash with Gijon on Saturday. Coach Zinedine Zidane Zidane hopes that Bale will be fit for Sunday's El Clasico clash with Barcelona.