Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is not worried about the knee injury that David Alaba received in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory against Sheriff.
The 29-year-old started the match and started the goal with a thumping free kick, but he only succeeded 64 minutes before he limped off with a knee problem.
Fortunately, right after the match, there was optimism that Alaba’s problem was only a minor problem. Sergio Quirante described it as a “small sprain”, while Ancelotti did not seem overly worried either.
“That thing with Alaba does not seem serious,” he said (via Marca). “Let’s hope he plays on Sunday.”
Alaba has been a vital player for Real since joining Bayern Munich this summer, starting 17 times in all competitions and forming a solid partnership with Eder Militao to help Real to the top of La Liga.
The hope is that the Austrian will be back for Sunday’s visit of third-placed Sevilla, but if he misses, it will be Nacho Fernandez or Jesus Vallejo who join Militao at the back.
Ancelotti also confirmed that Casemiro’s late departure from the match was not an injury problem but was simply to ensure that the midfielder did not receive an unnecessary warning.
“Casemiro told me that he had been warned by the referee and that he did not want to be warned,” Ancelotti explained. “So we decided to make that change in the end.”
Real remain without midfielders Federico Valverde and Dani Ceballos, with winger Gareth Bale also sidelined with a betting problem.
Eden Hazard is also facing a race against time to prove his fitness, after missing the last two matches due to illness.