Jose Mourinho expects Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema to return for Real Madrid's cup clash against Barcelona


Click to follow
The Independent Football

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho expects to have Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema back for his side's Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona tomorrow night.

Both players missed Real's 2-1 win over Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday, but when asked today if Alonso would be fit for the big match at the Nou Camp, Mourinho said: "I think so".

Of Benzema, he said: "He trained with the squad yesterday and today and it seemed to me he is in the right physical condition to play."

Real will play Barcelona again on Saturday in the league. The Catalan club are currently 12 points clear at the top of La Liga.

Barcelona will be hopeful of progressing to the cup final, with the sides thrashing out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Bernebeu last month.

Three days after the second Barca match, Real play the second leg of the Champions League second round tie with Manchester United. The two sides drew the first leg 1-1 at the Bernebeu.