Benzema picks up hamstring injury after scoring for France - ESPN FC
France have confirmed that Karim Benzema will miss their friendly in Denmark on Sunday after injuring himself while scoring his second goal in their win over Armenia. Benzema, 27, got on the scoresheet for his country for the first time since October 2014 when he powered home a header late on in France's 4-0 win in Nice on Thursday.
James Rodriguez: I don’t know when I’ll return from injury - Eurosport British
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has admitted that he still does not know when he will return from his thigh injury. The Colombian has missed the past month after sustaining damage while on international duty at the beginning of September, but – despite not being able to give a date for his comeback – he is confident he is on the right track to full fitness.
Fabio Coentrao says he was media's 'ugly duckling' at Madrid - ESPN FC
Defender Fabio Coentrao says he is happier on loan at Monaco and that the media were unfair to him when he played for Real Madrid. He told Marca of his feelings toward the Madrid press, saying, "Honestly? Yes, I think they were [unfair]. I feel as though they never gave me the benefit of the doubt.
Luciano Vietto sidelined for a month after appendicitis - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto is set to be out for three to four weeks after having his appendix removed. Vietto, 21, had a slow start to his Atletico career after joining from Villarreal for €20 million in the summer, but came off the bench in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to score a late equaliser in what was his first goal for the club.
UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Nahuel Leiva - UEFA.com
It was in the attacker's home town of Rosario, Argentina, that Nahuel first grabbed the attention of Europe's scouts. He signed for Villarreal aged 14, trained but was unable to play for the club's official sides until he turned 16. Once eligible he became a fixture in Villarreal's B team and it was not long before he impressed senior coach Marcelino.