Toni Kroos set for Real Madrid return after playing for Germany to hand Zinedine Zidane a fitness boost ahead of Cadiz clash
- Key midfielder Toni Kroos set for Real Madrid return after injury to face Cadiz
- Kroos was forced off in Madrid’s 3-2 win at Real Betis on September 26
- He played the full 90 minutes of Germany’s win over Ukraine on Saturday
- Playmaker’s early return is a timely boost for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid have been handed a welcome boost with fit-again Toni Kroos poised for a return after missing the last two games through injury.
The experienced playmaker picked up a leg muscle problem in the Spanish champions’ 3-2 win at Real Betis on September 26.
But fears he would sidelined for much longer were allayed after he played a full game for Germany in their 2-1 win Ukraine on Saturday.
Toni Kroos played the full 90 minutes for Germany against Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday
Germany playmaker Kroos has shrugged off a gluteal injury to be able to return to action
Real announced Kroos had an issue in the gluteal region after he was replaced by Luka Modric during first-half stoppage time of the Betis match.
It saw the 30-year-old miss La Liga games against Valladolid and Levante, although the club were confident he would return to training within two weeks and be available after the international break, while he himself posted on social media he would be ‘back in no time’.
He was still called into the Germany squad by coach Joachim Low’ for the UEFA Nations League fixtures and played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 win over Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday, although he sat out the preceding warm-up friendly against Turkey on October 7.
It means Kroos could also play in Tuesday’s Group A clash with Switzerland in Cologne with Spanish newspaper AS reporting he should now be back to bolster Zidane’s Madrid squad for a busy spell of forthcoming fixtures.
Kroos (left) suffered his injury in the La Liga match against Real Betis on September 26
Real host Cadiz on Saturday, Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on October 21 followed by the first Clasico of the season at Barcelona three days later.
Kroos’ early return will be a huge boost for Zidane. The midfielder scored four time times, notched five assists and played a key role in last season’s title win.
And his availability would be timely with Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, Eder Militao, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois all likely to miss this weekend’s game against Cadiz.
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