As difficult as it may seem, the season is far from finished for many of Europe’s best players, who are still playing in Nations League matches. David Alaba is the latest player to experience the impact of four more matches after a tough season.
On Friday night, while on international duty with Austria, the Real Madrid defender was forced to leave the game against France due to an adductor ailment. When Alaba was hauled off after 68 minutes, Austria had a 1-0 lead. After a late Kylian Mbappe equalizer, France was held to a draw.
According to Marca, the degree of the injuries remains unknown. The Austrians have one more match against Denmark on Monday night, and Alaba will not be ruled out until testing determine the extent of his injury.
In the final weekend of May, Alaba participated in the Champions League final against Liverpool, assisting Real Madrid achieve their 14th Champions League title, but it was his first game in about a month. Alaba didn’t play again with the same injury until the Champions League final after hurting himself against Osasuna. It lends credence to the notion that the game’s best players are failing to cope with the increasing number of games they are expected to play.