David Alaba has returned to training with Real Madrid’s first team and is expected to prepare for the UEFA Champions League final later this month.
The defender suffered a groin injury that sidelined Real’s last four league games and forced him to miss the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
It looks like his absence from the team could end as Marca says Alaba is back from training for the first team and the plan is to get him back into the competitive action minutes against Real Betis on Friday.
Medical staff are satisfied that Alaba is ready to return and, if he wins the Betis game without further release, he will be free to play in the Champions League final on May 28.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti may be looking forward to resting a lot of his top talents in the final game of the home campaign, the league title is already wrapped up, but Alaba will need to play as part of his recovery.
It is not expected that there will be any signs of Eden Hazard, who hit something high in his ankle while playing for Cadiz. The injury is not expected to be serious, but due to his long problems in the area, Real will not pose a threat and will allow him to complete the Betis game.
Like Alaba, Hazard will likely qualify for the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Marcelo should start against Betis, in a game that is expected to be his last game at the Santiago Bernabeu, but there will probably be no sign for Gareth Bale, who suffered a back injury that brought an early end to his real career last month.