World Football Injury Tracker: Week of April 1 Report
It's the time of week again when we take our trip around the top level of the world of football to check on the latest players who are missing through injury or recuperating and hoping to return to action in the near future.
With the Champions League back in action this midweek, there were one or two notable names joining the list of players who are doubts for the coming weekend of domestic action.
Check back soon for further updates—here's all the latest injury news from your favourite leagues.
English Premier League
We begin our roundup in the English Premier League, with a top-of-the-table derby clash the biggest draw of the weekend.
Manchester City have striker Sergio Aguero back to full fitness, but still await more positive news from Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell. Manchester United, for their part, have seen forward Wayne Rooney struggle with a groin injury and he may not be fit in time.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United should have first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul back in time for their weekend fixture, while Jack Wilshere of Arsenal also hopes to return. There is worse news for the Gunners, though, with Abou Diaby out injured once more for the long term, an ACL injury ruling him out until midway through next season.
Spanish La Liga
Over to Spain and la Primera Division, where one of the biggest names in world football picked up a knock this week in the Champions League.
Leo Messi was withdrawn at halftime for Barcelona and will miss at least one game, joining teammates Carles Puyol and Adriano on the sidelines. Javier Mascherano later went off injured as well and might be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
There is little other new news around the game, with plenty of clubs waiting on long-term injuries and recoveries of players.
Jose Campaña (Sevilla), Sisi (Osasuna), Hugo Mallo (Celta Vigo) and Rodri (Rayo) are all out until the summer, with the likes of Hassan Yebda (Granada) and Victor Perez (Valladolid) hoping to return during the present month.
Our usual stop over in the German Bundesliga now, an the latest news from two of the remaining Champions League teams to begin.
Bayern Munich lost Toni Kroos to a groin injury midway through the first half against Juventus. The midfielder will be out for between six to eight weeks. Bayern are already missing Holger Badstuber to a long-term injury.
Borussia Dortmund are awaiting on a return for Mats Hummels to the team after ankle ligament damage, with Patrick Owomoyela also due to finally return by the end of the month. Kuba Blaszczykowski is close to a comeback after a groin injury.
Outside of the top two, Kevin Trapp is out (Frankfurt) until May with a fractured hand, with Michael Hefele (G.Furth) set to return from a broken foot later this month. Clemens Fritz of Werder Bremen and Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg) should return within a week.
Italian Serie A
We complete our weekly roundup in the Italian Serie A.
No fewer than four Pescara players are hoping to return before the weekend, with Vladi Weiss, Marco Capuano, Uros Cosic and Giuseppe Rizzo all close to a comeback. Parma duo McDonald Mariga and Andrea Coda are similarly close.
Martin Caceres of Juventus is also close to a comeback, but Nicklas Bendtner, on loan from Arsenal, will likely not return before the end of the season, along with Simone Pepe.
Diego Milito and Dejan Stankovic of Inter Milan are both long-term absentees, as are Fiorentina's Ahmed Hegazy and AC Milan's Nigel de Jong.
Player injury data from transfermarkt.co.uk