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Alonso completes part of squad workout

Xabi Alonso is on the road to recovery from severe bruising to the ribs and completed part of the team training programme on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining the injury. “I don’t know yet whether I’ll be fit for Saturday,” Alonso told after the squad workout, “I’m not better yet and I need a little more time. But there are still three days to go and I hope I’ll get better quickly.” Alonso suffered the bruising in the second-to-last Bundesliga fixture away to FC Ingolstadt a week and a half ago. Team-mate Javi Martínez (ankle) is not yet fit to train but completed a few laps of the Säbener Strasse facility in the morning.