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Palacios in race against time to be fit for Union SG clash

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso is hopeful that Exequiel Palacios will be fit for Thursday's Europa League clash against Union SG.
Exequiel Palacios.
Exequiel Palacios.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag
Bayer Leverkusen are sweating over the fitness of midfielder Exequiel Palacios ahead of Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal return leg against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium.

Palacios was forced off at the break of the first leg, which ended 1-1, and missed Sunday's 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg.

Asked by Bild about the possibility of the Argentine midfielder being fit for Thursday's game, Xabi Alonso said on Sunday:

"We have to wait, it is still questionable until Wednesday or Thursday. He is getting better every day. We are optimistic, but we have to wait a bit".

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