World Football Injury Tracker: Week of March 4 Report with Rodwell, Bendtner

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2013

World Football Injury Tracker: Week of March 4 Report with Rodwell, Bendtner

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    As the weekend rolls around again, it's time to focus our attentions on ongoing injuries around the world of football.

    Several clubs have been involved in action during the week with Champions League and Europa League action, while domestic cup and league action is on the horizon for Saturday and Sunday.

    Here are all the latest updates on players completing their comebacks, those recently suffering injuries and those who are set to be missing for a while longer yet.

German Bundesliga

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    The German Bundesliga has been missing a few big players recently, with Mats Hummels of Dortmund suffering with a virus and Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber missing for the entire season through an ACL injury.

    Staying in defence, Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos is still recovering from his knee operation before Christmas.

    Hoping to recover in time for first-team duty at the weekend is Stuttgart forward Tunay Torun, who is currently out with a hamstring injury. He has yet to score this season in league play.

    Bayern Munich's Rafinha should return from illness, with Dortmund's Lars Bender also hoping to make a comeback.

English Premier League

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    The English Premier League sees plenty of big-name players sidelined at present, especially from reigning champions Manchester City.

    Roberto Mancini, City boss, is without Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany through long-running injuries already, and last weekend saw midfielder Jack Rodwell also suffer yet another hamstring injury which will keep him out for around three weeks.

    Maicon and Micah Richards are also out of action for City.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is recovering from his latest injury, a calf strain, and will likely not make it back for the weekend.

    Phil Jones missed out on the Champions League in midweek but might be fit for Manchester United's FA Cup fixture against Chelsea.

    Finally, Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy hopes to soon make a comeback after a long spell out injured, Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is in the final stages of his recovery from ACL surgery and Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton should be back by the end of the month.

Italian Serie A

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    There are not quite so many high-profile absentees at present in the Italian Serie A, though Inter Milan are missing a whole host of players.

    Matias Silvestre should return for them within the next few weeks, as should left-back Yuto Nagatomo. Long-term misses are Gaby Mudingayi and Diego Milito, while no recuperation time has been set on centre-back Walter Samuel's Achilles injury.

    Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner is still out injured and has been criticised recently after being caught drink-driving, which earned him a suspension for six months at the international level (via Guardian).

    New Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi hopes to make a successful return from injury and make his debut for his new club around the end of the month, while Parma are hopeful of seeing striker Abel Hernandez back in action around the same time.

    Elsewhere, Antonio Floro Flores and Enis Nadarevic could return for Genoa this week.

Spanish Primera Division

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    Finally, over to Spain's Primera Division where we still await the expected return of Barcelona defender Eric Abidal after recovering from his surgery last year, as well as their manager Tito Vilanova from throat cancer surgery.

    Real Madrid's Iker Casillas is still recuperating from a fractured hand and will miss the rest of this month.

    There remains a list of players who will miss the rest of this present season, including Sevilla's Jose Campaña and Piotr Trochowski, Celta Vigo duo Hugo Mallo and Samuel Llorca and a trio of Real Zaragoza players.

    Franco Zuculini, Javi Alamo and Ivan Obradovic are all long-term absentees.

    On a more positive note, Malaga attacker Julio Baptista should be ready to return to action in the next week or so.


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