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Round of 16 updates: 9-15 March

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Leon Goretzka, out since 5 July with a hamstring injury, returned to the Schalke squad this weekend as a substitute in the 3-1 success against Hoffenheim. Goretzka is in contention to feature in Europe for the first time this season. However, coach Roberto Di Matteo is unlikely to hand the 20-year-old his first start this term in Madrid.

The Royal Blues have selected a large squad for the last-16 tie, opting to travel with players who are slight doubts for the meeting in Spain.

Schalke squad: Wellenreuther, Wetklo, Schilder; Ayhan, Borgmann, Höwedes, Fuchs, Matip, Nastasić, Uchida; Barnetta, Goretzka, Höger, Kehrer, Neustädter, Max Meyer, Multhaup, Sam, Sane, Sobottka; Choupo-Moting, Huntelaar.

We will be receiving updates from the Schalke press conference in Madrid shortly...

Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva shared his thoughts with the press earlier ahead of tomorrow's game against Schalke.

I need to improve and keep developing, but I have felt good, calm and at ease. It will be a difficult match. We have a slight advantage but we don't want to use it. We will start the game strong and trying to get results. We want to have a calm game without surprises.

There is no crisis, perhaps a moment of instability. I am very calm about it. We drew a game and we lost a game. We have to work and run more to get over this phase and get back to winning ways.

I have already played in various positions. Slightly further back, where [Toni] Kroos is, and a little higher up the pitch. I don't see any difficulties, I am comfortable. The manager is the person who decides where I will play best.

I already have a house, car and I have visited a lot of places in Madrid. It is a very nice city. I practically feel at home her. My family is not here but they are coming next month and then it will be even better.


Juventus centre-back Martín Cáceres will miss the second-leg tie against Dortmund after the defender underwent ankle surgery. The Uruguayan international fractured his left ankle in training on Sunday and had a successful operation today. Juve estimate that Cáceres will be out for ten weeks. The Serie A leaders host Sassuolo this evening.

Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo is speaking to the media in Madrid at his pre-game press conference.

Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo is speaking to the media in Madrid at his pre-game press conference.

More from the Royal Blues' press conference, this time from forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

I'm delighted [by prospect] of playing in this match. This is a game in a special stadium against one of the best teams in the world. We know it is going to be difficult but we will try to do our best. I have some injury concerns and I have to wait until the final training session to see how I am, but I expect to play.

Paris have been boosted by the return of Yohan Cabaye (out since 14 February, thigh) for the trip to Chelsea on Wednesday after the midfielder was included in the squad for the last-16 tie. Thiago Motta (calf) made his comeback at the weekend in the 4-1 victory against Lens and is also in contention to feature at Stamford Bridge. Right-back Serge Aurier (thigh) and Brazilian winger Lucas (groin) are the only absentees.

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So it is three pre-match press conferences down, one to go today. Last but by no means least is Basel, who are due to face the glare of the media at the Estádio do Dragão in 90 minutes.

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