Xabi Alonso Injury: Updates on Real Madrid Star's Foot
BREAKING: Real Madrid have announced that midfielder Xabi Alonso has broken a metatarsal in his right foot.— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) August 21, 2013
Xabi has since resumed training as he recovers from the foot injury.
From Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Real Madrid's trip to Rayo Vallecano, via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC:
Xabi will start tomorrow, I do not know if he will last the whole game, but he is going to play. In [Sami] Khedira’s position, [Luka] Modric could play, or [Angel] Di Maria or Casemiro, along with Alonso. [Asier] Illarramendi’s characteristics are closest to Alonso [so he will not start].
Carlo Ancelotti provides an update after Xabi Alonso played 26 minutes in Real Madrid's win over Sevilla, per ESPN FC:
We need to give him minutes, he was desperate to play and I think he is ready to play from the beginning.
He has done everything he needs to be physically ready and he is a player that doesn't need the physical conditioning of others because he has so many other qualities.
Carlo Ancelotti provides an update ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Sevilla, per David Kent of the Daily Mail:
He is over his injuries, now we need to get him playing. Xabi Alonso is very important for Real Madrid.
Xabi is available (to play against Sevilla on Wednesday). He's training and I think that tomorrow he will be on our bench and I'll try to give him a few minutes.
Alonso had cooled talk of an imminent return last week, but the former Liverpool midfielder took part in a full session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match versus Juventus.
Although the 31-year-old is unlikely to feature against the Serie A champions, a return against Barcelona at the weekend could now be a realistic goal for Alonso.
AS.com's Staff reports Xabi Alonso has resumed training:
Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema , the only two Madridistas Which was concerned acerca Ancelotti ahead of the Juventus game on Wednesday and the Classic at Barcelona on Saturday, Both completed training With The first team on Monday.
"It's taking longer than I hoped, but I'm getting closer and closer, and I have to be patient. I do not want to September a date, but every day I'm getting closer and closer. "
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16
Guillermo Gonzalez of Marca reports Xabi Alonso won't be ready for the Clasico, quoting the player himself:
I'm not setting a date. It's a deceptive injury. I'm making progress, but I'm still not quite there.
With the competition underway, it's difficult. The team is flying and I can barely do anything. I speak to the physios every day, and we don't want to make any wrong moves.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
According to a report from Football Espana, Alonso could return to the lineup much sooner than anticipated:
Xabi Alonso’s recovery from injury is seen as ahead of schedule, with speculation suggesting that he could be back after the international break.
The midfielder was set a provisional return date to full fitness of the end of November after requiring surgery on a fractured metatarsal in late August.
However, it is believed that the 31-year-old’s recovery is progressing faster than expected and that he may be in line for a return to action as soon as the international break ends.
Mundo Deportivo speculate that the midfielder could play some part in Madrid’s Week 9 match at home to Malaga, opening up the increased likelihood that he will also be available for Week 10’s Clasico at the Camp Nou against Barcelona.
Filippo Ricci of Gazzetta dello Sport states Alonso will be sidelined for up to three months due to the injury.
Xabi Alonso suffers a metatarsal fracture and will be out for 2-3 months. Big blow for Ancelotti.— Filippo Ricci (@filippomricci) August 21, 2013
The news is an early setback for Real Madrid, which opened the new campaign with a narrow 2-1 victory over Real Betis last weekend. Alonso has spent the past four seasons as a stabilizing force in the midfield for the Blancos.
He's appeared in at least 40 matches across all competitions in each of those campaigns, a run of terrific durability that ends with the foot ailment.
Based on the initial timetable, the earliest Alonso is expected back would be late October. That said, it's hard to imagine Real rushing him back into action given the nature of the injury. They will want his foot fully healed before he returns to action.
The back end of the projected recovery period is late November or early December, which is probably a safer estimation for when the 31-year-old Spanish international will return.
In the meantime, the club will have numerous options to fill the void, showing the importance of depth for title-hopeful sides.
Luka Modric can move into more of a central playmaking role from the holding role he's filled since arriving at the Bernabeu. Sami Khedira could also slide into one of the two roles, depending on where Modric feels most comfortable.
The other option is asking a younger player to take on a more prominent role in the center of the pitch. Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro are both central midfielders with plenty of upside, but it's unclear if Carlo Ancelotti is ready to give them such a crucial role.
Alonso's latest injury comes just as he was getting ready to return from groin surgery, according to ESPN. He was preparing for an exhibition match on Thursday when the new issue was discovered by the club.
"Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso has today suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his foot, as has been revealed by X-ray tests carried out by the club’s medical services Real Madrid Sanitas," said the short club statement, which did not specify the expected recovery time.
Real Madrid will hope for no further setbacks during Alonso's latest recovery. Until he's ready, Ancelotti will have to juggle the lineup and hope something clicks.
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