Alonso back in training with Real Madrid
Real Madrid have announced that midfielder Xabi Alonso has returned to training as he continues his recovery from groin surgery.
The Spain international, who has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, joined his team-mates for a half-hour stretching session, before heading back into the gym to continue his personal recovery program.
Alonso missed the Confederations Cup after undergoing surgery at the beginning of the summer. The former Liverpool player travelled to Munich for the groin operation, which the club announced would keep him out of action for around two months.
Despite carrying the injury for much of last season, the midfielder made 68 appearances for club and country and played more minutes at Real Madrid than anyone other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rumours linking Alonso with a move back to the Premier League have gone quiet in recent weeks, even though Madrid have brought in Asier Illarramendi, who is seen by many as a natural replacement for the World Cup winner. But for now Alonso is concentrating solely on returning to fitness before the start on the Primera Division season on August 17.