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Real Madrid defender back in training ahead of Real Sociedad clash, five stars absent

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In what could be a major boost, journalist Sergio Santos is reporting that Real Madrid defender David Alaba is back in team training ahead of the La Liga encounter against Real Sociedad.

Alaba has been out injured since the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, when he had to be taken off at half-time.

Following that, reports emerged claiming that the Austrian international’s return in time for crucial matches such as the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna and the UCL semi-final versus Manchester City were in doubt.

However, Alaba has been working hard to return to full fitness as he targeted a return in time for the cup final on May 6.

But, it seems like the former Bayern Munich star could already be close to making a return against Sociedad this Tuesday, having now rejoined team training.

However, five Real Madrid stars were missing from training today, which includes the injured duo of Ferland Mendy and Luka Modric, with the latter working hard to make it back for the Copa del Rey final at the weekend.

Apart from them, Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao, and Federico Valverde were also not involved in training as per reports.

Vinicius is certain to miss the match against Real Sociedad due to suspension after receiving his tenth yellow card in La Liga during the weekend encounter against UD Almeria.

As for the absence of Valverde, Santos reports that he has a minor foot issue but his availability for the cup final is not in danger. As for Militao, the Brazilian is said to be dealing with some physical discomfort although his involvement against Sociedad is not entirely ruled out.

But Alaba’s timely return is a boost for Real Madrid ahead of the Copa del Rey final and the Manchester City clash coming up over the next ten days.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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