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Real Madrid receive huge injury boost ahead of Champions League semi-final vs Man City

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Versatile defender David Alaba will play for Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Manchester City, to be played at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The former Bayern Munich defender had picked up a knock against Osasuna last week and was taken off at the stroke of half-time. Explaining his intensity, Carlo Ancelotti said that it was more of a precautionary step rather than being a forceful one.

“We are optimistic with [David] Alaba. He had a strain, we took him off as a precaution,” he explained.

While the initial thoughts were that the defender would miss the trip to Manchester, he was spotted training ahead of the first-leg tie. 

The 29-year-old underwent a regular training drill on Sunday, albeit through some discomfort, and journalist Edu Aguirre has confirmed that he will play for the team on Tuesday.

On the other hand, a contrary report from SPORT has said that neither Alaba nor Casemiro have completely recovered from their respective injuries. Despite that though, the duo has been included in the travelling squad for the first-leg tie.

The aforementioned source also says the players will only train with the rest of the team on Monday once they get a green signal following definitive tests at the venue.

Alaba has been one of the most consistent performers for Real Madrid this season, having made a total of 44 appearances across all competitions while scoring three goals.

His availability will come as a big relief for that team who were also sweating over the fitness of Ferland Mendy. Furthermore, with Eder Militao also returning from suspension, Ancelotti will have a full-fledged defence at his disposal.

Meanwhile, those missing the trip to Manchester are Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard. On the other hand, Gareth Bale has been included in the team after being left out against Osasuna.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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