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Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo has been ruled out for up to six weeks following this nasty fall against Real Madrid last night.
The 19 year-old landed on his head after colliding with Cristiano Ronaldo during the Copa del Rey semi-final.
Tests today confirmed the youngster has suffered a fractured vertebrae, and is likely to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Karim Benzema scored twice and Gareth Bale marked his return from injury with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win where Cristiano Ronaldo's absence hardly mattered.
Having spent considerable energy on attempting to repeal the three-match ban handed to the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, Madrid were turned down and had to field a side to face Villarreal without their talisman. Not to worry, they had Benzema, Bale, and Jese, who all got their names on the scoresheet.
Former Spurs man Giovani Dos Santos and Mario bagged the consolations.
Real Madrid's challenge against Cristiano Ronaldo's three-match ban has been rejected by the appeal committee of the Spanish football federation.
Ronaldo was sent off in Real's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao for his reaction to a push from Carlos Gurpegi and a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in the 75th minute of the Primera Division match.
The referee who sent Cristiano Ronaldo off against Athletic Bilbao last week has been suspended for a month.
Spanish radio station Cadena Cope are reporting that Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez has been dropped after his performance in the 1-1 draw.
The station also says that Gamez will not be allowed to officiate any more Real Madrid matches this season.
The Spanish Football Federation meet today to decide whether or not to overturn Ronaldo's three match suspension.
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has vowed to never be affected by racial abuse after allegedly being targeted by Atletico Madrid fans following Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash at the Bernabeu.
– Real Madrid defender Marcelo on Twitter
I want to thank all of you for the support you have given me today.
And even though this is not the first time it happens I can promise you that we are stronger than any kind of racism. This will never affect me or my family.
There aren't many things Real Madrid defender Pepe wouldn't do on a football pitch, so we weren't too surprised when he confused Diego Costa for a handkerchief last night.
Maybe Atletico Madrid are his bogey team?
Thank you for the birthday present @Ibra_official. It will look better on me than you though.
Real Madrid and Barcelona gained the upper hands in the first legs of their respective Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday evening to set up a potential Clasico final.
Carlo Ancelotti's Real overcame out-of-sorts city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, while Gerardo Martino's Barca were 2-0 winners against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp.