Barcelona, Madrid wait on Messi, Ronaldo injuries

AP, Thursday 31 Mar 2011

Barcelona and Real Madrid head into Saturday’s Spanish league matches waiting on injury worries to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo


Barcelona travels to third-place Villarreal with a five-point lead over Madrid but with Messi nursing a minor right leg injury. The Argentina forward’s problem, coupled with a number of other injured players, could leave the leaders short of a full squad.

Ronaldo is still bothered by a lower left leg injury and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho may not risk the Portugal forward against Sporting Gijon with a Champions League match against Tottenham on Tuesday.

Madrid is also likely to be without Karim Benzema, but Gonzalo Higuain could return to fill the France striker’s place.

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