Cheryshev sidelined three weeks
Russia winger Denis Cheryshev is expected to be sidelined for three weeks with the ankle sprain. The 23-year-old picked up the knock in last week's 2-2 UEFA Europa League draw at Maribor. Cheryshev has endured an injury-plagued campaign while on loan at Sevilla from Real Madrid and made just four league appearances.
Nacho injured in training
Betis defeder Nacho faces time on the sidelines after suffering a badly bruised fibula in training. The 33-year-old, who recently recovered from a back complaint, was hurt when a team-mate landed on his left leg. Nacho will miss Thursday's UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg at Rubin Kazan.
Pique ruled out for 2 weeks
Barcelona will be without Gerard Pique for two weeks because of a leg injury the defender picked up during Saturday's 3-1 loss at Real Sociedad. Pique tore a muscle in his right leg. The 27-year-old center-back has made 22 starts in La Liga this season and 33 total in all competitions with the club. Pique has scored four goals this season and 20 since he arrived at Camp Nou back in 2008.
Jordi Alba misses trip to Sociedad
Barcelona left fullback Jordi Alba out of Saturday's game at Real Sociedad as a precautionary measure to avoid injury. Alba strained a muscle in his right thigh in Tuesday's Champions League win at Manchester City. Alba missed more than two months due to a hamstring injury earlier this season. Coach Gerardo Martino also left midfielders Sergi Roberto and Ibrahim Afellay out of the team, as well as defender Carlos Puyol for the trip to San Sebastian.
A. Bilbao 22.2.14
Ibai Gomez out 6 to 8 weeks
Athletic Bilbao forward Ibai Gomez will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after tearing a muscle in his right leg. The 24-year-old Gomez has scored eight goals in 18 appearances in the Spanish league this season.
Neymar fit to face Rayo
Barcelona forward Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury and will be available to play against Rayo Vallecano. The Brazil striker had been sidelined since injuring his right ankle in a Copa del Rey match at Getafe on Jan. 16. "He's been training very well and has recovered well," Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. "He looks loose in the trainings, now we just have to see how he responds against our opponents."
Neymar will take midfielder Xavi Hernandez's place in the squad after the Spain international exited Wednesday's Copa del Rey draw at Real Sociedad early with a knock. Martino said Xavi's injury was not serious, making him likely to return against City.
Atletico M 14.2.14
Manquillo to miss 4-to-6 weeks
Atletico Madrid defender Javi Manquillo faces a spell on the sidelines because of a neck injury. The 19-year-old right-back picked up the injury following an aerial challenge with Cristiano Ronaldo and a heavy fall in the 2-0 King's Cup defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday. Tests showed that he suffered a fractured vertebral lamina and will be required to wear a cervical collar for four to six weeks. Manquillo has made seven appearances in all competitions for Atletico this season.
Atletico M 10.2.14
Atletico suffer Tiago setback
Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago faces a race to be fit for his side's upcoming UEFA Champions League trip to Milan. Tiago left the pitch on a stretcher during Atletico's 2-0 Liga loss at Almeria on Saturday, with medical tests later revealing that the 32-year-old has suffered a broken left wrist and a right-knee ligament strain. Atletico did not indicate how long they expect Tiago to be sidelined.
Real Mad. 9.2.14
Marcelo injures back
Real Madrid left-back Marcelo was substituted in the 18th minute of La Liga match against Villarreal because of a back problem. The extent of the injury is currently unclear, as is the defender's status for Copa Del Rey semi-final matchup against Atletico Madrid Tuesday.
Real Mad. 7.2.14
Ronaldo out, Bale in
Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for three Spanish league games for receiving a red card and then making a mocking gesture toward the match officials during last weekend 1-1 tie at Athletic Bilbao. The Real Madrid forward will miss league games against Villarreal, Getafe, and Elche, although the suspension could be reduced as the club have announced their intention to appeal. Ronaldo is Real's top scorer with 22 goals in La Liga this season and in January won the Ballon d'Or for the world's best player. Gareth Bale has missed the club's last three matches as he recovers from a calf injury, but coach Carlo Ancelotti said that the Welsh winger will start at the weekend.
Atletico M 3.2.14
David Villa suffers thigh injury
Atletico Madrid are facing an anxious wait to learn the full extent of a thigh injury suffered by David Villa in the win over Real Sociedad. The Spanish striker was forced to withdraw after 41 minutes as Atletico beat Sociedad 4-0 to go top of La Liga. The club confirmed that an initial scan had shown a "muscle injury on the back of the left thigh". Villa will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the problem.
Real Mad. 1.2.14
Bale to miss Bilbao
Gareth Bale will miss a second consecutive game due to a calf injury as Real Madrid travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Bale was substituted at half-time in last weekend's 2-0 win over Granada due to the problem and has been unable to train with his teammates all week. The 24-year-old winger has now missed a total of eight games to injury in four separate spells since joining from Tottenham.