Rakitic cleared to return
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been cleared to return to action after undergoing surgery on a broken finger. The Croatia international sustained a fractured metacarpal in the first finger of his left hand during Barcelona's stunning 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League last week. Rakitic underwent a procedure to rectify the issue last Wednesday and missed fixtures against Valencia and Celta Vigo as a result.
Real Mad. 15.4.18
Ronaldo, Bale and Modric sit out Malaga clash
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been left out of the Real Madrid squad for Sunday's Liga clash with Malaga. Midfielder Luka Modric has also been omitted from Zinedine Zidane's 19-man group for the trip to La Rosaleda.
It had been suggested Ronaldo would be given a rest in the wake of Wednesday's dramatic Champions League quarter-final second-leg with Juventus. Bale had been tipped to start alongside Karim Benzema against La Liga's bottom club, but the Wales star is also reported to have been given the game off to rest. In addition, Modric has been granted extra recovery time, having only resumed full team training on Saturday.
Real Mad. 15.4.18
Carvajal and Modric back with the squad
Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal rejoined the squad in training this Saturday and should be ready to face Malaga on Sunday. Modric had some physical issues during Wednesday's match against Juventus and even had to leave the field. A collision with midfielder Blaise Matuidi clearly hurt him, that being the reason why he was bothered with that small injury throughout the rest of the game.
Atletico M 13.4.18
Costa could miss Arsenal clash
Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury but Atletico Madrid have yet to reveal whether the striker is likely to miss the clash with Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals. Costa was taken off early in the second half against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday as Atletico booked their place in the last four of the competition with a 2-1 aggregate victory. The La Liga club were drawn against Arsenal in the semis before announcing later on Friday that Costa had suffered "a hamstring injury to his left leg", but the length of the layoff was not determined.
Atletico M 13.4.18
Costa and Lucas injured
Diego Costa and Lucas Hernandez were injured as Atletico Madrid booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Lucas was replaced at half-time after suffering what Atletico described as a "strong facial trauma" in a 1-0 defeat away to Sporting. Costa followed shortly after the restart after the striker appeared to sustain an injury to his left leg. Injuries to Costa and Lucas come as a blow to Simeone, who saw his squad options reduced by the sales of Nicolas Gaitan, Augusto Fernandez and Yannick Carrasco during the January transfer window.
Rakitic has surgery on finger
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic successfully underwent surgery on a fractured finger, the Spanish club confirmed. He sustained a fractured metacarpal bone in the first finger of his left hand during Barcelona's stunning 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday. Rakitic had surgery on Wednesday to rectify the issue, with the Croatia international's availability to be determined.
Rakitic to undergo surgery
Ivan Rakitic will undergo surgery after breaking a finger in his left hand as Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion at Roma on Tuesday. Rakitic played the full 90 minutes in the quarterfinal second leg at the Stadio Olimpico as Barca lost 3-0 to go out on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw. Barcelona confirmed that the Croatia midfielder had been injured but did not say how long the surgery would sideline him for.
Real Mad. 7.4.18
Varane rejoins Real Madrid's squad
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane completed Friday's training session with the rest of the squad after missing Thursday's practice. Therefore, the defender appears to be set to face Atletico de Madrid on Sunday, even though coach Zinedine Zidane could give him some rest as his presence on the team's defensive line in the return leg against Juventus could be crucial given Sergio Ramos' suspension.
It'd make sense for Zidane to give Vallejo some minutes against Atletico, given that his young defender will have to face Juventus on Wednesday. Nacho isn't available and that's why Zidane must keep both Varane and Vallejo fresh enough to face the Italian side.
Messi set to sit out Leganes game
Barcelona will aim to equal a La Liga record without Lionel Messi with head coach Ernesto Valverde set to rest the Argentinian forward for Saturday's clash against Leganes. Messi is still recovering from the physical discomfort in his hamstring that he felt while away on international duty. Barca are currently on a 37-match unbeaten streak in the league and if they avoid defeat to Leganes at the Nou Camp they will match Real Sociedad's 38-game record from 1980.
Atletico M 6.4.18
Gimenez to miss Madrid derby
Defender Jose Gimenez has been ruled out of Sunday's clash with city rivals Real Madrid. The 23-year-old Uruguay international missed last week's La Liga win over Deportivo La Coruna and the Europa League game against Sporting, with hopes he would return for the Madrid derby. However, Gimenez has been ruled out, joining Filipe Luis on the sidelines, while Sime Vrsaljko is listed as doubtful.
Busquets could start against Roma
Sergio Busquets is available for selection against Roma in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The 29-year-old Spanish mideifler has been practicing with his teammates recently after recovering sooner than expected from a foot injury. Busquets missed both of Spain's international friendlies against Germany and Argentina while he also sat out Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday.
Real Mad. 2.4.18
Nacho sidelined for two weeks
Nacho Fernandez is expected to be out of action for two weeks. Real Madrid revealed that the 28-year-old defender suffered an injury to the right thigh in a collision with Las Palmas defender Alejandro Galvez. Nacho is expected to now miss both legs of the club's Champions League quarter final with Juventus. Coach Zinedine Zidane rested key players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos ahead Tuesday's first leg in Turin.