David Alaba was unable to train again on Monday and is set to miss the second leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final with Manchester City on Wednesday night
The Austrian was taken off at halftime in the first leg last Tuesday, and he missed Los Blancos’ championship-clinching triumph over Espanyol on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti appears to be planning to put Nacho Fernandez with Eder Militao in the middle of the defence.
The Italian coach must choose between Rodrygo Goes and Fede Valverde for his starting lineup.
The timing of Alaba’s injury is especially unfortunate because he is the outfielder who has played the second-most minutes in Real Madrid’s season so far, trailing only Eder Militao.
It should be noted that Alaba has not yet been formally ruled out, with the club willing to give him as much time as possible to show his health, albeit the Austrian is looking more unlikely to recover in time.
Carlo Ancelotti chose to deploy a heavily rotated side against Espanyol in order to save his key players for the City game, with his back four being completely new.
Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez were not in the team for that game, having been rested with the intention of starting here with Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal at full-back.
Los Blancos, on the other hand, have learned to survive without him, having won all five of the matches he has missed this season.
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