Relief for Real Madrid as Alaba Knee Injury Not Serious

The versatile defender has returned to Spain after the international break and should be available for the Champions League fixture on October 19

Real Madrid are expecting David Alaba to be fit for their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on October 19 despite the Austrian returning from international duty with a knee issue.

There were initial fears that, as well as missing the European fixture, Alaba’s participation in the Liga Clasico with Barcelona may be under threat.

The versatile defender made two outings for his country during the latest international break, taking in 180 minutes of game time in World Cup qualifying ties with Faroe Islands and Denmark.

Alaba, who joined Madrid as a free agent over the summer after reaching the end of his contract at Bayern Munich, is understood to have picked up a knee problem.

Medical examinations took place in Madrid on Thursday, however, and it is thought that the issue is not serious.

Indeed, the injury is believed to be nothing more than a heavy blow, which should allow him to play when Carlo Ancelotti’s side return to action against Shakhtar on Tuesday.

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