Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Xabi Alonso returns to Madrid training

Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos
The experienced midfielder is one step closer to his comeback after resuming squad training again after a lengthy absence

Real Madrid have been handed a boost with the news Xabi Alonso has resumed training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

The Spain international has not featured for Carlo Ancelotti's side this season after undergoing surgery on both a groin injury and a broken metatarsal during the summer.

Alonso had cooled talk of an imminent return last week, but the former Liverpool midfielder took part in a full session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match versus Juventus.

Although the 31-year-old is unlikely to feature against the Serie A champions, a return against Barcelona at the weekend could now be a realistic goal for Alonso.

Madrid were further boosted as Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Fabio Coentrao all joined in training after the trio sat out a session on Sunday.

The Bernabeu outfit sit top of Group H with six points from their first two fixtures and will be looking to make it three wins from as many games against Juventus on Wednesday. ----------

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