Elche without Jonathas
Elche will be without Brazilian striker Jonathas for Monday's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo after the 25-year-old suffered a knock in Friday's training. Jonathas has been one of the lone bright spots on Fran Escriba's squad this season, scoring a team high nine goals and five assists in 22 appearances this season.
In addition to Jonathas, Escriba will also have to make up for the absenses of Pedro Mosquero and Sergio Pellegrin due to injury and Chilean midfielder Enzo Roco, who will be banned from the match due to yellow card accumulation.
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Saul Niguez cleared to leave hospital
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been medically cleared to leave the Leverkusen hospital, where he has remained under observation since Wednesday evening after a blow to the kidneys caused a hematoma. The midfielder arrived in Madrid late Saturday evening. Saul will now continue to work with the club's medical staff before being medically cleared to rejoin the team.
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Atletico boosted by the return of Koke
Atletico Madrid will be boosted by the return from injury of midfielder Koke for Sunday's game at Sevilla, coach Diego Simeone said on Saturday. Koke picked up a hamstring strain in the 4-0 victory at home to Real Madrid on February 7 and Atletico have stumbled in his absence, losing 2-0 at Celta Vigo in La Liga and falling 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League last 16, first leg. "He understands the game very well. He can play in different parts of the pitch. He is very good at set pieces," Simeone said. 'We are assessing whether he will play from the start tomorrow, which is likely."
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Niguez remains hospitalized in Leverkusen
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez remains hospitalized in Leverkusen after suffering a blow to the kidney in last Wednesday's Champions League loss to Bayer. According to the club's website, Saul continues to make improvements in blood, urine and kidney function. He is expected to return home this weekend.
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Bale returns to Real Madrid training
Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric could be ready to mark his return from injury against Villarreal in La Liga this weekend, according to reports in Spain. The 29-year-old was sidelined with a thigh injury since November. Meanwhile, winger Gareth Bale has returned to training with his team mates as he continues his recovery from a minor ankle problem. Centre back Sergio Ramos and midfielders James Rodriguez and Sami Khedira are still sidelined as they continue their recuperation from injuries.
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Injury blow for Atletico
Atletico Madrid are sweating on the fitness of Guilherme Siqueira and Saul Niguez after Wednesday's Champions League loss at Bayer Leverkusen. Both players were forced off during the first half of the 1-0 defeat, with Siqueira hobbling from the field in the 38th minute with a muscular problem before then being promptly followed down the tunnel by Saul, who took a heavy blow to his chest.
"Siqueira suffered a hamstring strain on his left thigh," read an Atletico statement. "For his part, Saul Niguez suffered a kidney trauma with a hematoma. He underwent tests, ultrasounds and CT scan. He has been admitted to the Leverkusen Clinic for observation."
Ze Castro picks up ankle injury
Rayo Vallecano defender Ze Castro was forced to leave training yesterday after picking up an ankle injury. The extent of the Portuguese defender's injury is yet to be confirmed. Ze Castro has headed Rayo's defence with more minutes than any other centre back in the squad this season, in a team that has struggled for defensive solidity on many occasions during the campaign.
In other news, on-loan midfielder Mohammed Fatau has been ruled out for four weeks with a thigh injury. The Granada-owned player has come into the plans of manager Paco Jemez in recent times, but will now unfortunately be set for a period on the sidelines.
Tono diagnosed with thigh injury
Having been substituted with discomfort in Rayo Vallecano's 1-0 defeat at San Mames at the weekend, the club have confirmed that goalkeeper Tono has suffered a thigh injury. Initial tests have confirmed that the Rayo stopper has indeed suffered more than discomfort, but they will not know the extent of the injury for a few days yet. This injury is not the veteran goalkeeper's first of the season either. He suffered a muscle rupture in the same leg in November.
Pique banned one match
Gerard Pique will miss Barcelona's La Liga fixture against Granada next weekend after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign during Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Malaga. The centre-back has been a crucial member of the Blaugrana defence in recent months but will not be able to feature in next Saturday's trip to Andalusia.
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Simeone welcomes back Arda Turan
Atletico Madrid playmaker Arda Turan returns to the side against Almeria on Saturday and coach Diego Simeone believes he is the missing link as they as they look to get back on track in La Liga. "The other day we were without others like Raul (Garcia) but the absence of Arda is different," Simeone told a news conference on Friday. "Arda is a player that gives us rhythm and has the timing in order to combine the midfield with the defence, the wings and the attack. When he is playing well he causes a lot of problems, he is a fundamental player for us."
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Modric back in training
Luka Modric was able to join in training with his Real Madrid teammates on Thursday. The Croatia midfielder suffered a hamstring injury representing his country against Italy in November, and it was predicted he would be missing for between three and four months. Modric will still need a couple of weeks to improve his condition and avoid set backs, but it seems that he could definitely be ready for El Clasico on March 22nd.
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Carvajal limps away from CL win
Right-back Dani Carvajal made his 2014-15 Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday evening but while he helped his side to the win over Schalke 04, he is a serious doubt for this weekend's La Liga clash against Elche after suffering a nasty foot injury that required stitches. Carvajal suffered a knock in the first half but continued to play through the pain until the 82nd minute, when he was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa.