Oh man, really bad news for Real Madrid at a very very sensitive time. Diarra won’t be able to make it to Atletico which is going to be a huge loss considering that it is an away game and we do need Diarra’s physical presence in the midfield to keep Altetico’s fast midfielders in check and to silence the crowd a bit with some hard tackles.

Diarra got injured while playing with his national team, Mali. Club doctors said he’d be sidelined for 48-72 hours:

An MRI on Monday revealed that Diarra is suffering from a parameniscal cyst formation and synovitis in his right knee, which is expected to keep the Mali international sidelined for 48-72 hours.

This means he is likely to miss the game against Atletico Madrid. However, Bernd Schuster will have both Gago and Guti ready & fit to play in midfield.

Diarra has been in impressive form this season. Even during the holy month of Ramadan he did an amazing job. He was not able to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset, yet he managed to be in a good physical shape thanks to the program the doctors put in place.

On another note, Cannavaro, speaking to newspaper “AS” hasstatedthat he’d like to stay in Real Madrid.

I am very calm and and hoping to speak to the club to resolve my contract matters before the year is over. Everyone knows I want to extend my contract with Madrid. I don’t want to leave. I am very happy here and my family is too.

I start for Real Madrid and the Italian national team, which isn’t easy to do. I know I have to take good care of myself. I feel great right now and am very confident in myself. The coaching staff and my teammates support me.”

“I consider myself a Madridista. I feel the affectionfromthefansandIwantto