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Manchester City boost as Real Madrid dealt blow ahead of Champions League second leg

Manchester City boost as Real Madrid dealt blow ahead of Champions League second leg

Manchester City have been handed a boost on the personnel front as a Real Madrid star is a doubt for the pair’s next meeting.

Man City and Real Madrid played out an enthralling first leg Champions League semi-final tie last week at the Etihad.

The home side controlled the clash and probably should have scored more than the four goals they managed on the day.

Madrid, meanwhile, were very much second best, but were still able to net three thanks to some moments of brilliance from Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema, as well as a mistake from Aymeric Laporte.

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Real Madrid injury blow

In turn, an intriguing second leg is set to take place on Wednesday. However, Madrid are likely to have to play the match without a key defender.

David Alaba was taken off after 45 minutes of the first leg last week due to injury and has since missed Madrid’s following out with Espanyol, which they won 4-0 to clinch the La Liga title.

Now though, it is being reported that Alaba is almost certain to miss out on the City game this week:

This leaves Madrid with Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez as their most likely centre-back duo for Wednesday.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.