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Alonso could return against Sevilla, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso controls the ball during a training session on the eve of their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer matc
Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso controls the ball during a training session on the eve of their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer matc

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has completed his recovery from injury and could feature as a substitute in Wednesday's La Liga match at home to Sevilla, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Spain international missed June's Confederations Cup to have surgery on a groin problem and then broke a bone in his foot in training in August.

"He is available," Ancelotti told a news conference. "He is training with the team and I think tomorrow he will start on the bench and I will try to give him minutes during the game.

"He has all the necessary quality to help the team play better. He has experience, passing quality and a good defensive attitude. He is a very important player for us."

A consummate passer, Alonso has been a key performer for Real in his central midfield role since joining in 2009 and they have struggled to exert the same level of control over opponents in his absence.

Ancelotti has had to rely on Croatia international Luka Modric, Germany's Sami Khedira and new signing Asier Illarramendi and the club's domestic campaign has got off to a stuttering start.

Third-placed Real are six points behind leaders Barcelona, who play at Celta Vigo later on Tuesday, after they were beaten 2-1 by their arch rivals at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid are second, five clear of Real and a point behind Barca ahead of their match at Granada on Thursday.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers Editing by John Mehaffey)

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