Alaves defender Ximo Navarro has returned to full fitness ahead of the weekend fixture against Leganes.
Abelardo’s preparations for the upcoming league game at Butarque has been met with a boost after the return of Navarro, who now looks set to re-partner Victor Laguardia.
The defender’s return is also met with Ruben Duarte, who was suspended for the last La Liga game before the international break after being sent off in the defeat to Huesca.
He will now return and could provide back-up or even replace Martin Aguirregabiria, who has been playing on the left side in his absence.
Aguiregabiria has been performing well, however, and has made his debut for the U21 Spanish national side in midweek.
The young defender was installed in the Spain squad after an injury to Pablo Maffeo and he played well against Denmark on the right side of defence.
Alaves have had a remarkable start to the season and will be looking to keep themselves in the top six with a win over Leganes, who are currently struggling near the bottom of La Liga.
The fixture takes place on Friday evening and will be reported LIVE via our official website and social media channels.