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Real Madrid receive boost as Isco returns to training; Robben doubtful

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Real Madrid’s injury woes have partly subsided, as two players returned to training; Dani Carvajal, however, remains sidelined.

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Los Blancos are not nearly as banged up as Bayern Munich, and they are actually getting healthier: as reported by Marca, one of Zinedine Zidane’s injured starters rejoined team training on Sunday: Isco Alarcon was able to train with the team again after recovering from a shoulder sprain he suffered in a collision in Munich.

In addition to Isco, Nacho Fernandez will also be available to play in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal in Madrid on Tuesday. Nacho had been injured for a month after suffering a thigh injury against Las Palmas.

Not all is rosy for Real Madrid, however: Zidane’s starting right-back Dani Carvajal remains sidelined after straining his hamstring in Munich. Zidane will likely play Lucas Vazquez, normally a winger, to fill the gap left by Carvajal in Madrid’s defense. Nacho typically serves as a back-up right-back, but Zidane may spare him so soon after recovering from his own injury.

Bayern Munich meanwhile have heard good news from David Alaba and Javi Martinez, but it is increasingly unlikely that Arjen Robben will be fit to play in Madrid. Robben still is unable to train with the team as he rehabilitates the leg injury that forced his premature substitution in the first match against Madrid.