Real Mad. 7.12.13
Gareth Bale sidelined by flu
Gareth Bale will not be able to make his debut in the Spanish Copa del Rey. He stayed in Madrid with flu symptoms and will try to recover for the match against Copenhagen next Tuesday. Bale's illness should not sideline him for a long, but he might wait until the game against Osasuna in order to recover properly.
Xavi, Iniesta out for King's Cup
Midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta will miss Friday's King's Cup opener at third-tier Cartagena. Barcelona say both players will rest for precaution after they noted pain in leg muscles. Barcelona are already without injured forward Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Dani Alves. Defender Jordi Alba is back in the squad after more than two months out with consecutive thigh injuries.
Barcelona without Puyol, Alves
Barcelona will be missing defenders Carles Puyol and Dani Alves for Sunday's game at Athletic Bilbao. Puyol won't travel after picking up a knee injury while Alves is sidelined due to pain in his right leg. Barcelona has defender Adriano returning from injury, while forward Lionel Messi and fullback Jordi Alba are still injured. Barcelona lost its first game of the season under new coach Gerardo Martino at Ajax on Tuesday.
Real Mad. 29.11.13
Ronaldo won't play this weekend
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo will not play this weekend: "He is fully recovered. He had a sonography made this morning, and his muscle is ready, but he does not feel confortable. We will not take the risk." Ronaldo is suspended for next weekend's Copa del Rey game and will likely not play at Copenhagen in the Champions League with Madrid having already clinched top spot in Group B.
Real Mad. 27.11.13
Ronaldo to miss Galatasaray match
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's UEFA Champions League game against Galatasaray because of injury. The Real Madrid star forward limped off at the start of the second half of Saturday's 5-0 victory at Almeria and a scan on Monday confirmed he had damaged a hamstring. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said Ronaldo could return for Saturday's Spanish league game against Valladolid.
Center back Raphael Varane was also unavailable for Wednesday as rests a sore right knee, while midfielder Luca Modric is suspended for the game. Ancelotti is already without injured midfielder Sami Khedira and defender Fabio Coentrao. On a brighter note, midfielder Xabi Alonso and defender Marcelo were included in the 19-man squad despite injury concerns.
Real Mad. 25.11.13
Ronaldo diagnosed with hamstring injury
Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday after tests carried out on Monday detected a hamstring injury. The Portuguese limped off at the start of the second half of Saturday's victory over Almeria, but fears of a serious injury were immediately played down by the manager Ancelotti. Ronaldo left a medical examination on Monday morning, telling reporters: "I am fine", but the club released a statement later, saying "there is an injury to the back of the thigh which will be monitored".
Xavi returns but Adriano out
Barcelona have been hit by another injury, with fullback Adriano ruled out of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League game at Ajax. The Brazilian hurt a ligament in his left ankle during the 4-0 win over Granada on Saturday. Barcelona are without top scorer Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, forward Cristian Tello, and defenders Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, all because of injury. Midfielder Xavi, however, has returned to the squad after missing the Granada match due to a muscle strain in his left hamstring.
Real Mad. 24.11.13
Ronaldo injury not serious
Cristiano Ronaldo says that the injury he picked up on Saturday during Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Almeria is not serious. Early in the second half Ronaldo walked off the pitch after a tackle from Aleix Vidal with what looked like a leg injury. According to Spanish newspaper AS the club's medical team confirmed that the injury is not serious and described the problem as a "dead leg". Manager Carlo Ancelotti added in his press conference: "I don't think it's serious, because he's not in any pain."
Fabregas and Pique available for Saturday
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Gerard Pique have recovered from injuries and will be available for Saturday's game against Granada. While the pair of Spain internationals return, midfielder Xavi Hernandez will not be included in the squad after failing to recover from a muscle strain to his left leg. Winger Cristian Tello will miss two more games because of ligament damage in his right ankle. Barcelona is already without forward Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, defender Jordi Alba and defender Dani Alves.
Alves adds to Barcelona's injury woes
Barcelona's injury worries mounted with the news right-back Dani Alves will be sidelined for between seven to 10 days. The Brazil international returned from a pair of national team friendlies nursing an injury to his right leg. Medical tests also confirmed goalkeeper Victor Valdes tore a muscle in his right calf and will be sidelined for six weeks. Barcelona are already without forward Lionel Messi and left-back Jordi Alba, while midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas are questionable for Saturday's game against Granada.
More injury woes for Barca
Barcelona's injury woes deepened after tests showed Xavi had a hamstring strain, Victor Valdes limped out of Spain's friendly in South Africa and Cristian Tello suffered ankle ligament damage in training. Goalkeeper Valdes had a suspected tear to his right calf muscle, while playmaker Xavi and winger Tello are both doubtful for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Granada. The Catalans will be also without top scorer Lionel Messi, out six to eight weeks with a left hamstring tear. On a brighter side, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has returned to training.
Real Mad. 17.11.13
Alonso injury "nothing serious"
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has allayed concerns after Xabi Alonso was withdrawn from Saturday's 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea through injury. Alonso was replaced by Busquets just before half-time after appearing to injure his ankle. But Del Bosque insists he only took Alonso off as a precaution, suggesting the injury is less serious than first feared. "It's nothing serious, just a knock... Xabi was brought off just as a precaution," he said.