La Liga Previews: Aguero returns after scare
Atletico Madrid's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero returned to training on Thursday after flying back from Glasgow on Tuesday to be with his partner Giannina Maradona, who had minor complications with her pregnancy, the club said.
Aguero missed the debut of Giannina's father, Diego Maradona, as coach of the national side in their match against Scotland, which Argentina won 1-0. Atletico, in sixth place in the league, play at Numancia on Sunday.
Sevilla's in-form striker Luis Fabiano hopes to add to his goals tally when the club host third-placed Valencia on Saturday.
"I want to score on Saturday and hopefully our good run will continue," he said on the club's website after returning from international duty with Brazil. Sevilla are in fifth place with 23 points from 11 matches, five behind leaders Barcelona.
Osasuna's new signing, defender Sergio Fernandez, said the bottom-placed club could still rescue their season and urged his team mates to think positively.
"Looking at the standings you can see there are problems," Fernandez said on the club's website. "It's a difficult situation but the players are good enough to get through it. It's important to be upbeat."
Winless Osasuna, who have just five points from 11 matches and host Almeria on Sunday, signed Fernandez as a replacement for Roversio, who is out for the rest of the season after damaging his right knee.
Real Madrid central defender Fabio Cannavaro strained a groin in training and will miss the Spanish champions' home match against Recreativo Huelva on Saturday, the club said on their website.
However, the Italian's defensive partner Pepe is back from a thigh injury and, with Gabriel Heinze suspended after last weekend's red card, will be partnered by also fit-again Christoph Metzelder.
Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has also been out of action with a leg injury. He was on the bench for Mali on Wednesday but might not be fit for Saturday, Real said.
Real striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, out for the season after having knee surgery in the United States, has returned to Madrid and will begin his recuperation in the coming days, the club said.
Midfielder Ruben de la Red, who collapsed in a King's Cup match last month, is hoping to be playing again in around two weeks, As newspaper reported.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol said the Primera Liga leaders will have to be on their guard against Getafe, who have a good record away from home, on Sunday at the Nou Camp.
"It's a team we have found difficult to beat recently and we need to be alert," Puyol said on the club's website. "It will be a hard match and we will have to concentrate."