Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso faces a new injury blow after being ruled out for at least three months with injury.
The 31-year-old, who just two months ago underwent groin surgery after persistent problems, broke his fifth metatarsal in his right foot earlier this morning in training, with Real Madrid confirming this on their official website.
"The Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso has suffered today a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as radiological tests have revealed to which has been submitted by Real Madrid Sanitas medical services."
This news will be a huge blow to Alonso as talks to extend his contract may now be affected until he regains full fitness.
Madrid will also view this as a setback as the Spanish midfielder adds considerable depth to the side, but £34 million new boy Asier Illarramendi will get the chance to step up in Alonso’s absence.
Alonso joined Los Blancos four years ago for a fee of £30 million and played a key part in Madrid's title-winning success in La Liga during the 2011/2012 season.
Alonso has attracted interest from the likes of Juventus, Chelsea and Liverpool earlier this summer, but he rejected that speculation stating that he wanted to fight for his place under new boss Carlo Ancelotti and didn't want a return to England.
He may however look to review his options if contract talks with Real do stall in the midst of his latest injury setback.
In other news Madrid look set to clinch the signing of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale for a reported £93 million, as they look to strengthen their squad further to secure only their second La Liga title in six years this term.
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