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Real Madrid mainstay did not sustain any injury, will continue with national team – report
When David Alaba was subbed off in the 70th minute during Austria’s UEFA Nations League contest against France on Thursday night, there were a lot fears among the Real Madrid fanbase.
And early reports seemed to indicate that the versatile defender had indeed picked up a back injury which would see him miss their upcoming encounter against Croatia.
But, as per the latest update from journalist Alberto Pereiro, Alaba has not picked up any injury and is in good condition. The Real Madrid mainstay will continue with the Austrian national team and not return to the Spanish capital.
The same information has been reported by MARCA as well, who state that the 30-year-old is not injured and is in perfect physical condition.
This development will come as a major relief for Madridistas, considering how important Alaba has become in the scheme of things at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Signed on a free transfer last year after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, the Austrian international quickly established himself as a key cog in the side and played key roles in the team’s La Liga and Champions League triumphs in 2021/22.
In the ongoing campaign, Alaba has featured in all of Real Madrid’s nine matches in all competitions and has contributed with two goals and two assists each.
While he will continue with the Austrian national team, it will be interesting to see if manager Ralf Rangnick decides to use the 30-year-old in the game against Croatia or opts to rest him.
Real Madrid will take on Osasuna on Sunday, October 2, once the international break is out of the way. And in all likelihood, Alaba will be expected to feature in the game from kickoff, provided that he returns fully fit from national team duty.
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Official: Mariano leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer
Real Madrid have already announced their second departure of the day, confirming Mariano Diaz will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Dominican Republic international joined Madrid as a youngster seven years ago, but left for Olympique Lyonnais in 2017. He made 34 appearances for Lyon in 2017/18, scoring 18 goals and giving four assists.
He was brought back after this impressive season, but his tenure at Real Madrid has gone far from what they expected or planned.
Now in his fifth season after rejoining, he has scored a grand total of six goals, which includes none this season. He does have an El Clasico goal to his name, though, when he came on for Karim Benzema in the last minute in 2019/20, scoring one goal in one minute.
Madrid have already parted with Marco Asensio on a free transfer this season, who is set to join PSG on a Bosman move once his contract clocks up in a month.