Injury report: Costa back in Chelsea’s squad, James ready to start for Real Madrid


Ahead of many important soccer matches across Europe, certain players will be dealing with injury problems, and while some are in danger of missing their competition, others will take the good news of clearance to play.

For Manchester United, Robin van Persie will once again sit out his squad’s Premier League fixture, this one vs. Aston Villa, because of an ankle problem picked up during the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Swansea on Feb.21.

“Van Persie is not available,” manager Louis van Gaal said in a news conference, via ESPN FC. “We have a process for injured players, [they start off at] the medical department then you come to a football coach who tests them then he is coming to me.”

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Over to Stamford Bridge, top scorer Diego Costa will not undergo surgery for a hamstring ailment that has plagued him for the majority of the season. Manager Jose Mourinho said that he and the training staff “don’t believe in operations,” especially with the nature of this injury.

Costa was brought off the pitch two weeks ago in a victory over Hull City and missed two international games with Spain. He will likely be in the squad selection for tomorrow’s match.

To La Liga, it looks like Lionel Messi will perform for Barcelona on Celta Vigo’s turf following his absence in Argentina’s latest friendlies, when national team boss Gerardo Martino stated Messi’s foot was hurting considerably.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will get a boost of their own against Granada this weekend, as the sensational young James Rodriquez is set to start following his near two-month recovery from a broken foot.