Alaba and Tchouameni out of the Supercopa

Real Madrid had their last training session at Valdebebas on Monday morning before travelling to Riyadh to face Valencia in the first semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana on Wednesday.

The bad news is the absence of David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni for the match in the Middle East.

The club issued two statements to inform that the former is suffering from a right soleus injury and the latter from a left soleus injury. Both will be out for around three weeks.

The good news is that Dani Carvajal and Mariano Diaz have joined the squad and will be fit for the game against Gennaro Gattuso’s side, while Alvaro Odriozola is still out through injury.

Carvajal was injured in the first game after the Christmas break against Real Valladolid and did not arrive in time for last Saturday’s game against Villarreal at La Ceramica due to soleus discomfort.

His return is a relief for Carlo Ancelotti, who in the last league fixture had Eder Militao in that position and left Carvajal‘s natural replacement, Lucas Vazquez, on the bench.

Odriozola suffered a muscle injury in the Copa match against Cacereno while Mariano has recovered from a sprained ankle.

The absence of Tchouameni and Alaba is a serious setback for the Italian coach.

The midfielder is usually a permanent fixture in the XI and is likely to be one of the first to pay for the World Cup effort after reaching the final with France.

Alaba is another regular at the heart of a much-discussed backline this season, although he did not feature at the World Cup in Doha.