David Alaba has been one of Real Madrid’s best signings in recent years. From the day he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has taken charge of the team’s defensive line and led from the front.
In just over a year, he has become an irreplaceable part of the manager’s plans and offers great versatility with the ability to play both as a left-back and centre-back.
The defender is currently on international duty with his national team and is said to have suffered a setback during his camp.
According to reports from Sky Sports Austria, the manager of the Austrian team, Ralf Rangnick, has confirmed that Alaba is suffering from a back problem. He will not be a part of his country’s game against Croatia on Sunday owing to the same.
However, his injury is not serious, reports MARCA, which could mean that the versatile defender could be available for Real Madrid’s next game after the international break.
This term, Alaba has started seven of the team’s eight games in defence. During that period he has already scored one goal and provided two assists.
His only goal of the season in La Liga was a sensational free-kick from distance that secured all three points for his team against Almeria.
Needless to say, he will be a key element in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup going ahead in the season and the manager will look to have him back fit when club football restarts. If fully fit, he will be expected to start when Real Madrid take on Osasuna in ten days.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.