Blanco out up to three months
Celta Vigo goalkeeper Ruben Blanco has been sidelined for two to three months after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder. Blanco suffered a dislocation to his acromioclavicular joint in Sunday's win over Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia and immediately underwent surgery to repair the injury as soon as possible. Blanco will be replaced by 23-year-old Nestor, who played the final four minutes of Sunday's win.
Alves suffers groin strain, Busquets OK
Barcelona defender Dani Alves could be out for a month after suffering a groin injury in the win over Athletic Bilbao. The Brazil international was taken off after 19 minutes of Sunday's 1-0 victory and underwent tests which revealed the extent of the damage. On a brighter side, midfielder Sergio Busquets should be fit for this weekend after being substituted in the second half because of a slight ankle injury.
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Benzema back in Real Madrid training
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema returned to training on Monday after three weeks out with a thigh injury. The France international is set to be available for Saturday's meeting with Betis if he does not suffer any setbacks this week. Benzema, 27, has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Arsenal throughout the summer transfer window, with some going as far as reporting that the Frenchman had, in fact, signed for the Premier League club.
Busquets stretchered off
Midfielder Sergio Busquets was stretchered off in Barcelona's opening-weekend showdown with Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona's official Twitter account confirmed Busquets' exit during Sunday's match, noting afterward he had an ankle injury and would be evaluated tomorrow. The news is an early blow to Barca's title defence, as the Blaugrana also saw Dani Alves limp out of the match.
Neymar back at training
Neymar will miss Barcelona's first La Liga game of the season despite returning to training for the first time in two weeks on Saturday. The 23-year-old has been suffering from mumps and Barca boss Luis Enrique believes it could be some time until he is fully up to speed, having missed most of the pre-season.
The European champions return to San Mames on Sunday just over a week after being thrashed there by Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Spanish Super Cup. Enrique's defensive problems were added to when Gerard Pique was handed a four-game ban after being sent off in the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup. However, Barca did receive a boost on Saturday as Jordi Alba will be fit to play some part in Bilbao after recovering from a hamstring injury.
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Williams suffers hamstring injury
Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams suffered a hamstring injury in their UEFA Europa League clash with Zilina on Thursday. Williams who was withdrawn just eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. A Bilbao statement revealed the 21-year-old, who scored against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in May, was undergoing tests to determine the extent of the injury.
Pique handed four-match ban
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will miss the start of the Primera Division season after being banned for four matches for his outburst in the Spanish Super Cup second leg final. Pique was shown a straight red after clashing with an assistant referee during his side's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao, which gave Athletic the first title of the new campaign, 5-1 on aggregate. He apologised for his dissent afterwards, although he denied insulting the official. A Barca spokesman said the club had not yet decided whether to lodge an appeal.
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Ronaldo back, Benzema out
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Real Madrid's squad for Tuesday's Santiago Bernabeu Trophy clash with Galatasaray, but the injured Karim Benzema remains absent. The pair missed Audi Cup matches in Munich earlier this month as Ronaldo was suffering a back problem while Benzema injured his thigh.
The Portugal international already returned to training last week while Benzema's thigh problem appears more troublesome as he will not feature against Galatasaray and is in danger for the league opener against Gijon, too. Raphael Varane is unavailable due to muscular problems, while a leg injury is keeping Pepe out of the match versus the Istanbul giants.
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Ramos and Ronaldo back in training
Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo have returned to training with Real Madrid after missing the draw with Valarenga at the weekend with slight knocks. Ramos, who looks set to sign a new deal at the club rather than switch to Premier League giants Manchester United, was injured in the Audi Cup defeat to Bayern Munich last week and sat out the trip to Norway. Ronaldo missed the trip to Germany altogether with a back problem and didn't travel to Norway so he could focus on his recovery. The pair are expected to be fit for the Bernabeu Trophy next Tuesday when the hosts Galatasaray.
Neymar out for two weeks with mumps
Neymar has been ruled out of action for two weeks and will miss both the European and Spanish Super Cups after being diagnosed with parotisis. The 23-year-old has contracted the disease despite having already been vaccinated for mumps. Neymar's absence could see Pedro starting for Luis Enrique's side, who are looking to follow on from last season's Treble success.
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Ronaldo will be fit for La Liga opener
Rafael Benitez is confident that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for their Liga opener later this month. The Portugal international did not travel with Real to Munich to play in the Audi Cup this week, and is also absent from a 23-man squad for Sunday's friendly against Valerenga in Norway.
Head coach Benitez explained last week that a back injury was behind Ronaldo's absence in the Audi Cup. "Cristiano had a problem the other day and he has been working with the medical team," he said. "He should be okay next week and I don't think he'll have any problems playing the opening game against Sporting."
Jordi Alba sidelined
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba was forced to leave Wednesday evening's Gamper Trophy win over Roma after suffering a right leg injury that will rule him out of action until the start of the La Liga season. Alba suffered the injury in the 75th minute of Wednesday's friendly. He was then replaced by Alen Halilovic before undergoing a thorough examination by the club's medical staff, who informer manager Luis Enrique that the player would be out for this Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla and the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao on the 14th and 17th of August.