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Key Real Madrid defender likely to return to full fitness in October – report

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Journalist Rodra (h/t RM4Arab) has reported that Real Madrid defender David Alaba is aiming to be fully fit and back in action by October. Although he is expected to start playing again in September, he won’t be at his peak performance just yet.

It must be noted that Alaba injured his left knee on December 17, 2023, and it has been over six months since the injury ended his season and disrupted Real Madrid’s plans. 

The problem was serious, mostly because it involved a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damage to the meniscus, making his recovery process quite challenging. 

As a result, Alaba had to undergo another arthroscopic surgery in Innsbruck in May, and he is still not able to run normally on the grass.

Alaba sets a goal despite involvement with Austria

Despite these challenges, Alaba has joined the Austrian national team for the Euro Cup. His role in the team is dual: he will act as both the off-field captain and a technical assistant to Ralf Rangnick. 

David Alaba is likely to return to action in September. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

He aims to support and guide the younger players in the squad as Austria face tough competition in their group, which includes strong teams like France, the Netherlands, and Poland.

Meanwhile, Alaba is continuing his recovery plan with the goal of returning to top form for Real Madrid. 

He has set a personal target to be able to play a full 90-minute match at a competitive level by October. Although he plans to be back on the field in September, he understands that he will need more time to reach his best form.

This upcoming year is crucial for Alaba. Not only is he recovering from a complex injury, but he also faces stiff competition for his position. 

With fellow defenders Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao vying for the starting centre-back spot. Furthermore, with the uncertainty surrounding Nacho and the potential arrival of Leny Yoro, Alaba knows he has to be at his best to secure his place in the team.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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