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Real Madrid midfielder returns to group training, will be available for Las Palmas clash

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With no midweek assignment, Real Madrid continued their preparations for Saturday’s La Liga clash against UD Las Palmas today.

The Merengues are currently second in La Liga, a point behind leaders Girona and will be eager to climb to the top with a win.

Heading into the game, the good news for Carlo Ancelotti & co. is that there are no fresh injury concerns in the squad, with Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, and David Alaba the only players out with injuries.

Federico Valverde back in training

On Wednesday, some concerns had emerged surrounding key midfielder Federico Valverde after he did not train with the rest of the team.

It was reported that the Uruguayan international was dealing with a minor hip issue and that he would be ready to face Las Palmas on Saturday.

And, as it happens, Valverde has already returned to group training today, reports, Melchor Ruiz of COPE. The midfield mainstay is expected to be fully fine and available for the Las Palmas clash.

Valverde an ever-present figure for Real Madrid

Key man. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old is one of Ancelotti’s most important players and has played in each of Real Madrid’s 30 matches across all competitions this season, starting 27 of those.

He has scored a goal and set up three more from those appearances.

Even though the manager has rotated some of his other midfielders, Valverde and Bellingham have been permanent fixtures in the side. And with the latter suspended for the Las Palmas game, not having the Uruguayan also would have been a blow.

But, as things stand, Valverde is fit and back in training and ready to face Las Palmas away at Gran Canaria come Saturday.

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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