Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone will likely have strikers Álvaro Morata and Diego Costa available for the Champions League game against Liverpool.
And that's a boost for a team which needs all the help it can get in attack.
Morata went on as a substitute in the 67th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Valencia. He hadn't played since hurting a muscle in his right leg against Real Madrid on Feb. 1. The former Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea player leads Atletico with 10 goals scored this season.
Diego Costa hasn't played since undergoing surgery on a herniated cervical disc in November. Costa has returned to training with the team, and Simeone has said that the Brazilian player should be ready for Liverpool's visit on Tuesday in the first leg of their round-of-16 game.
Liverpool will be returning for the first time to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium where Jürgen Klopp's side won the European Cup in June.
Atlético's two goals at Valencia came from midfielders. Marcos Llorente scored from close range before Thomas Partey, who has become one of Simeone's best players this season, struck a great second goal. Partey charged toward a pack of back-pedaling defenders and drove in a powerful shot from the edge of the box.
Simeone has defenders José Giménez and Santiago Arias returning from injuries.
Even so, Atlético still has doubts about other important players.
It appears that João Félix will not be ready. The Portugal forward has been unable to practice because of a throat infection. He was already trying to recover from a leg injury sustained three weeks ago.
Right back Kieran Trippier won't be available and midfielder Héctor Herrera is also a doubtful starter.
One of Atlético's top priorities will be marking Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
That could fall to midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, who Simeone often recruits to play at left back when he wants a tougher defender than the more attack-minded Renan Lodi.
"We have to go out there to compete, to have a good showing, and I am sure that if we do just that we will have possibilities of advancing," Ñíguez said on Sunday.
The game against Liverpool has taken on extra importance for Atlético after its difficult start to 2020. Since the start of the year it has lost the Spanish Super Cup final, been eliminated from the Copa del Rey by a third-tier team, and fallen out of contention in the Spanish league.
Eden Hazard's inspired return from an injury layoff couldn't keep Real Madrid from stumbling to a 2-2 draw at home with Celta Vigo on Sunday, reducing its lead in the Spanish league to a single point.
Hazard, who started the game and earned a penalty, hadn't played since injuring his right ankle on Nov. 26 against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. He had been practicing with the rest of the team for the last two weeks but had yet to be included in the squad.
The draw left Madrid one point ahead of Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
Hazard earned a penalty that was converted by Sergio Ramos to put Madrid in front in the 65th minute.
But Celta snatched the draw when Santi Mina fired in the 86th-minute equalizer after fellow substitute Denis Suárez set him up with a superb through ball that threaded past several Madrid players.
Fedor Smolov had put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute. Madrid's Toni Kroos made it 1-1 in the 52nd.
"I am happy with my performance but not with the result," Hazard said. "But they have good players and did not come here (just) to defend. But it is not the last game of the season and at the end we just want to win trophies. We are in first place and just have to keep going."
Hazard was Madrid's most incisive player until he was substituted in the 73rd.
In the first half he created Madrid's best chance when he dribbled into the box before Jeison Murillo intervened.
Hazard's agility then proved key again when he drew a penalty from goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, who unwisely slid toward a ball that was heading out and ended up tripping Hazard. That penalty put Madrid on course for a win until Suárez linked up with Mina.
"We missed some chances today but the more we play together, the better we will be so it is just a question of time," Hazard said.
Hazard joined Madrid last summer after it paid Chelsea around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons, making him the club's most expensive signing ever.
Celta emerged from the relegation zone with the point.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane got closer to the action than he had expected in the 61st when the former Madrid great was knocked down by Celta's Joseph Aidoo.
The Celta defender stumbled while trying to save a ball from going out and ended up rolling into Zidane's legs, pitching the manager forward and on top of him.
"Yes, I took a knock. But I had to be where I was," said Zidane, who was uninjured.
Jesús "Suso" Fernández scored his first goal for Sevilla to salvage a 2-2 home draw with 10-man Espanyol.
The result left Sevilla in fifth place and Espanyol at the bottom of the table.
Lucas Ocampos headed Sevilla in front in the 15th, but Adrián Embarba equalized from a free kick in the 35th after a long video review to determine a foul outside the area.
China forward Wu Lei, playing for the injured Raúl de Tomás, put the visitors ahead five minutes into the second half.
Espanyol midfielder Víctor Sánchez was sent off with a second red yellow card in the 69th.
Suso got Sevilla's second goal with 10 minutes remaining after cutting back from the right side and firing in a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.
It was Suso's first goal since joining Sevilla on loan from AC Milan.
Sevilla is in its biggest rut of the season after a fourth game without a win across all competitions.
"We needed to win this one," Suso said. "We have to win all, or almost all, our home games. If we get a win, we can get our confidence back."
Athletic Bilbao's winless streak in the league reached nine straight games after it lost 1-0 at home to Osasuna.
Oier Sanjurjo fired in a rebound to give Osasuna a first-half lead. Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz almost grabbed a 90th-minute equalizer when his header hit the post.
Real Betis drew 0-0 at Leganés.
In a surprise decision, renowned sports organizer Tarafder M Ruhul Amin has backed down from competing for the hot seat of the President of Bangladesh Football Federation ( BFF) just two months before the election.
Tarafder, who announced his intention to run for the post two years back, made the surprise U-turn seemingly handing a third term to BFF President and former star footballer Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, who has declared he would be running again.
Tarafder emerged as the strongest candidate for BFF President as he started working for the election over the last two years, forming the District & Divisional Football Organizers Parishad and Football Clubs Association.
He is also the top official of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football clubs—Saif Sporting Club and Chattogram Abahani Limited.
Tarafder reportedly informed the decision to his rival Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin over phone Sunday evening.
However, Tarafder is yet to disclose his stand/version to the media till date, and will likely do so at a press conference on Monday.
The 6th-time champions Dhaka Abahani Limited made a good start in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Bangladesh Police FC by 2-0 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba and Kyrgyzstan booter Edgar Bernhardt scored one goal each for the sky-blue popular Dhanmondi outfit Abahani.
Abahani took lead in 43rd minute from a combined attack. Abahani’s Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba opened the account by a cool brain, off a readymade pass from Haitian forward Belfort (1-0).
Abahani maintained their domination in the 2nd half too and doubled the margin in the 83rd minute of the match.
Edger sounded the Abahani margin by a powerful shot from vintage position, off a combined attack by Sunday and Belfort (2-0).
It was opening match for Police FC in the professional football league. Police played in the semi-final of the recently concluded Federation Cup Football.
After the match, five teams --Dhaka Abahani, holders Bashundhara Kings, Dhaka Mohammedan, Saif Sporting and Chattogram Abahani – topped the league table securing full three points after playing one match each.
The 10-team final round of the Bangabandhu National Football Championship will kick off in the first week of March.
The decision was taken at a tournament committee meeting held at BFF House in Motijheel on Sunday with Harunur Rashid in the chair where BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salauddin was also present.
Ten teams, split into two groups, will compete in the final round.
Sylhet, Satkhira, Rangpur, Pabna, Cumilla, Cox’s Bazar, Khulna and Netrakona district teams will play in the final round as the zonal champions alongside Seba zone champions BKSP and runners up Bangladesh Army.
Chairman of the Tournament Committee Harun-ur-Rashid said “We will select two final round venues within short-time and the grouping of the final round will be held on February 23.
“The teams will also play in the ensuing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games scheduled for April 1-10, however, we will finalize it soon after discussion with Bangladesh Olympic Association” He added.