Puyol ruled out
Barcelona's injury woes continue to mount as Carles Puyol has been ruled out of the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The club says Puyol, who had just been cleared to play before the Copa del Rey final earlier this week, will be unavailable after his troublesome right knee acted up again during training. Barcelona was already without defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, striker Neymar and goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Defender Marc Bartra has been included on its squad after being considered doubtful.
Neymar out for a month
Barcelona forward Neymar will be out for four weeks after picking up a foot injury in the Copa del Rey final. A statement on Barcelona's website said: "The player suffered a concussion that caused an edema in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot that will require specific treatment. Recovery time is approximately four weeks."
The club also announced that Jordi Alba has a right hamstring injury and could be out three to four weeks. Centre-back Marc Bartra has also been battling a right hamstring injury and did not train on Thursday. His participation in Sunday's match vs. Athletic Bilbao is uncertain.
Alba suffers hamstring injury
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba re-injured his hamstring in their Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid. The 25-year-old was substituted at half-time of their 2-1 loss at the Estadio de Mestalla on Wednesday, and the club confirmed his right hamstring was the problem area. "Initial tests confirm that the player sustained an injury to his biceps femoris in his right leg. He will undergo additional tests this Thursday," a statement on the club's website read. "This isn't the first injury the player has picked up this season."
Atletico M 16.4.14
Costa could join Chelsea, admits Simeone
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has suggested that Diego Costa has an offer from Chelsea and said he would not stand in his way should he want to move to Stamford Bridge. Local media recently claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had approved a €60m deal for the Spain striker this summer. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have been boosted by the news that Costa is expected to be fit for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg against Chelsea next week. Atletico said Costa was not seriously injured after colliding with the post during Sunday's La Liga match against Getafe.
Real Mad. 15.4.14
Ancelotti confirms Ronaldo absence
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona in Valencia due to his current knee and thigh issues. Ronaldo has not played since the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund on April 2.
Sergio Ramos missed Saturday's win over Almeria with a shoulder muscle issue, but has returned to full training with his teammates and is now expected to start alongside Pepe at centre-back.
Atletico M 14.4.14
Atletico play down Diego Costa injury
Diego Costa was stretchered off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid's second goal in a 2-0 win at Getafe on Sunday, although the team said their star striker was not seriously injured. Costa slammed into the post while poking in his 26th goal of the season in the 84th minute, opening a cut on his left shin and was carried slowly from the pitch in obvious pain with his hands covering his face. Atletico coach Diego Simeone also played down fears of an extended absence, saying he had seen Costa in the dressing room and there was no need to be too worried.
Atletico M 12.4.14
Diego Costa in Atletico squad
Striker Diego Costa has returned to Atletico Madrid's squad for Sunday's game at Getafe after recovering from a right thigh injury. Atletico won the two games its leading scorer missed, beating Villarreal in the league and eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League. Coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa has trained well but didn't guarantee he would play at Alfonso Perez Stadium.
Real Mad. 10.4.14
Ronaldo likely to miss Copa del Rey final
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona due to a leg injury. Medical scans Thursday revealed a muscle injury in his left leg, in addition to a left knee injury he had been nursing. Madrid didn't say how long Ronaldo would be sidelined. Real, third in La Liga behind city rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, host Almeria on Saturday.
Real Mad. 6.4.14
Jese has 2nd knee operation
Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez has undergone more surgery on his injured right knee. The Spanish giant says Jese had arthroscopic surgery on his injured ligament in Germany, at the same clinic where he was operated on last month. Jese hurt his leg in Madrid's win over Schalke 04 in the Champions League on March 18, cutting short his breakout season.
Real Mad. 5.4.14
Jese suffers recovery setback
Real Madrid forward Jese has suffered a setback in his recovery from a season-ending knee injury and will return to Germany for further examinations. The 21-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Champions League match with Schalke on March 18 and subsequently underwent an operation at the Augsburg clinic. However, in a statement on Friday Madrid revealed Jese had been suffering from a fever and inflammation of the affected knee.
Real Mad. 4.4.14
Ancelotti to rest Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's match at Real Sociedad on Saturday. The 29-year-old left the game against Borussia Dortmund with a slight problem on his knee. "We will rest Cristiano because he is a bit tired," said coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We want to avoid taking any risks, we have a lot of important games coming up."
Winger Angel Di Maria was recovering well from the illness that kept him out of the Dortmund game and should be on the bench on Saturday.
Atletico M 2.4.14
Diego Costa suffers hamstring injury
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw at Barcelona. The 25-year-old was a major doubt going into the match with an unspecified problem but Atletico coach Diego Simeone named the star forward in his starting XI. Costa, Atletico's top scorer with 25 league goals and seven in the UEFA Champions League, was withdrawn at the end of the 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, holding his groin, and did not train on Sunday.