The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso to play 1st game of season against Sevilla
MADRID - Xabi Alonso is set to play his first game since last season when his Real Madrid hosts Sevilla on Wednesday in the Spanish league.
The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasn't played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says "Xabi is available. He's training and I think that tomorrow he will be on our bench and I'll try to give him a few minutes."
Alonso had back surgery and after recovering from the operation he broke his foot, prolonging his time out.
Alonso missed the Confederations Cup with Spain and the first 10 weeks of Madrid's season.
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