Random crap (and no, I don't mean the team)
A couple of things to report on before the Copa game tomorrow evening. First some good news. Ruud Van Nistlerooij is potentially out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle. This is a huge blow for Real who, despite an abundance of attacking talent, have been finding it incredibly difficult to score in his absence. Now they're far from a one-man team but ala Eto'o at Barça, he's very much the focal point of the attack and they really lack penetration without him. Top scorer in la Liga last time out he already had twelve thus far this season. Now all the blaugrana need is for Iker to fall down a well...
Back in Catalunya, the squad for the Copa game on Thursday (10pm on Sky Sports 1 though kick off is 7:45pm) has been announced and it's rather all over the place. Toure and Zambrotta are back but there's no sign of Oleguer (who has injured his hand yet again...) Milito is included despite his red card on Sunday. He'll miss the Liga game on the weekend though. Also out is one Ronaldinho (who was given a right going over by Graham Hunter in Revista) While not having any specific injury and being back in training, he is still has some 'medical problems' according to the club [read mental ones] and is unlikely make the squad against Valladolid, let alone play. There's not a great deal to say about this, but I'm pretty much writing 'dinho off for the rest of the season unless he comes out of this funk he's in right now. And I don't have high hopes of that happening.
Finally some transfer news. As mentioned by Sid Lowe on Football Weekly and posted by Mal, Gio Dos Santos looks to be out the door come the summer thanks to everyone's favourite agent Pini Zahavi agitating for a move. €10 million is the price being mentioned and Chelsea are naturally in the mix. If he wants to leave then there's not much that can be done.
Straight out of the lazy ass school of journalism, Club X draws Club Y in Champions League. Club X immediately linked with buying Club Y's best player. Player denies story. Two days worth of copy for minimal effort. In this case it's Michael Neuer, the Schalke 'keeper who played like God himself against Porto in the last round. There is of course no truth whatsoever in this. Bloody journos.