Spanish Laliga

Barcelona will not risk Messi for La Liga opener against Bilbao

Lionel Messi will not be risked for Barcelona’s opening La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao on Friday, according to his coach Ernesto Valverde. Messi sustained a calf injury in training last week and missed Barca’s last two pre-season friendlies against Napoli. They begin their title defence at San Mames this weekend and Valverde has said […]

Spanish Laliga

Hazard out of Madrid season opener with thigh injury

Real Madrid’s preparations for the new season hit an untimely snag as marquee signing Eden Hazard was ruled out of Saturday’s La Liga season opener against Celta Vigo after sustaining a muscle injury in Friday’s training session. A statement from Madrid said Hazard underwent tests after training which revealed he had injured the anterior tendon […]