Real Mad. 24.2.17
Varane out for up to six weeks
Real Madrid have confirmed that defender Raphael Varane has suffered a hamstring injury. The France international was substituted in the second half of Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Valencia. Initial reports in Spain suggest the 23-year-old could be out for up to six weeks, making him a serious doubt for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli. Varane, who has started in 18 La Liga games and made seven Champions League starts this season, could return for the Athletic Bilbao match on March 19
Real Mad. 23.2.17
Real Madrid were hit by a further blow during the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night after Zinedine Zidane revealed that Raphael Varane suffered an injury during the game. The 23-year-old centre-back was forced off and replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 73rd minute of the game at the Mestalla. The defender is expected to undergo a scan to learn the severity of the injury - with initial reports suggesting he could be out of action for between two and three weeks due to a torn thigh muscle.
Mascherano misses training
Javier Mascherano remains a major doubt for the Barcelona trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday after the Argentina international didn't appear in the Thursday's training session. However, Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets are expected to be available, after the duo missed the last win over Leganes due to injury and suspension respectively. Mascherano, 32, is yet to play a game since picking up a hamstring injury during the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid on 7 February.
Nani suffers thigh injury
Valencia winger Nani has suffered an injury to his left thigh during Wednesday's 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Mestalla. The Portugal international was substituted six minutes before half-time. Valencia will assess Nani's condition over the coming days and are yet to put a timescale on his absence.
Real Mad. 20.2.17
Ramos boost for Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos is expected to return from injury when Real Madrid play at Valencia on Wednesday, looking to move four points clear at the top of La Liga. Ramos picked up a hip and adductor injury during Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Napoli at the Bernabeu. Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Keylor Navas all rested against Espanyol as part of seven changes made by Zinedine Zidane to the side that beat Napoli, and all are set to start at the Mestalla stadium.
Mascherano, Arda still sidelined
Barcelona will once again be without Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan for Sunday's La Liga game against Leganes. Mascherano and Arda have not featured in Barca's past two matches due to respective hamstring and groin complaints. Both men took part in training with Luis Enrique's squad on Saturday but have not recovered sufficiently, meaning Mascherano is not available as a defensive midfield alternative to the suspended Sergio Busquets.
Real Mad. 18.2.17
Benzema, Modric, Navas rested
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has just two players missing from his squad due to fitness issues this weekend. Captain Sergio Ramos is absent due to a hip problem while Danilo is unavailable with an ankle injury. Speaking on Ramos' absence in his pre-match press conference, Zidane said: "Ramos just took a knock, there is no injury there. He will be with us on Monday without any issues."
Zidane has decided to rotate his squad against Espanyol and give Keylor Navas, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema some rest ahead of next Wednesday's match in Mestalla against Valencia. The biggest piece of news, however, for Zidane is that Gareth Bale is finally all set to return to action for the first time in nearly three months.
Atletico M 18.2.17
Oblak still out
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak remains sidelined with a shoulder injury but head coach Diego Simeone hopes he will return soon. The Slovenia international had surgery in December after he was hurt in Atletico's 3-0 defeat away to Villarreal. Oblak began individual outdoor training sessions this week and it had been rumoured that he could be included in the squad for Saturday's LaLiga match with Sporting Gijon, although he was ultimately left out.
Real Mad. 17.2.17
Bale to make Real return
Gareth Bale will return to action for the first time in three months against Espanyol on Saturday after recovering from his knee injury. The 27-year-old Welsh forward returned to full training last week and only narrowly missed out on being named in the Madrid squad to face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, according to reports in Spain. The expectation is that he will make a brief appearance against Espanyol and then play for longer against Valencia in midweek.
Real Mad. 16.2.17
Ramos injury worry
Sergio Ramos was replaced in the 70th minute of Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday after taking a knock to the right knee. The substitution is likely just a precautionary measure from Zidane as it appeared the defender was in no serious trouble when he exited the field of play. However, Ramos did look to be suffering some problems from as early as the first minute of the Champions League 2nd Round 1st leg match at the Bernabeu, raising his hand to the bench after a tackle from Callejon. Nevertheless, Ramos continued until he was taken off with just 20 minutes left, replaced by Pepe, who made his own comeback from injury after a spell on the sidelines.
Real Mad. 12.2.17
Bale back in Real Madrid training
Gareth Bale has returned to training at Real Madrid as he closes in on a return to action following an ankle injury. Bale has been out of action since undergoing surgery on an ankle tendon problem in November, but Real Madrid tweeted a photograph of the 27-year-old training with his team-mates at their headquarters on Sunday. News of Bale's imminent return also hands Wales boss Chris Coleman a boost ahead of next month's vital World Cup Qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.
Vidal ruled out for five months
Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal has been ruled out for five months following ankle surgery. Vidal, 27, dislocated his right ankle after clashing with Theo Hernandez in the 85th minute of the Catalan club's 6-0 win against Deportivo Alaves. Barcelona confirmed in a statement that the Spain international was operated upon in a hospital in Vitoria and that he will miss the rest of the season.