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The Real Madrid midfielder looks to have recovered from his ankle injury...

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso is expected to take his place in Vicente del Bosque's starting eleven for tomorrow's crunch clash with Portugal after recovering from his ankle injury.

The Real Madrid man suffered a blow during the bruising final group match with Chile, which La Furia Roja won 2-1, and was thought to be a serious doubt for the next encounter in Cape Town. The initial diagnosis was a sprained ankle, which could have potentially put the 28-year old's tournament at risk.

However, Alonso enjoyed full participation in today's training session with the rest of his colleagues, suggesting that he may be ready to resume his role in the centre of Spain's midfield.

AS reports that Alonso appeared to show no ill effects from his involvement in a series of exercises at the Green Point stadium, where Tuesday's clash with neighbours Portugal will take place.

Although it is unlikely that Del Bosque will confirm the availability of Alonso until announcing his team, it is probable that the coach will opt for the same starting eleven that defeat the South Americans on Friday evening.


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