Xabi Alonso... injured.Xabi Alonso... injured.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has broken the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during training, the nine-times European champions said on their official website (www.realmadrid.com) yesterday.

Local media reported that the Spain international, who was close to a return to action after surgery on a nagging groin injury in June, faces up to three months on the sidelines.

The 31-year-old has been the lynchpin in Real’s midfield since joining from Liverpool in 2009, and his presence was missed in their opening game of the new La Liga campaign last Sunday when they scraped a 2-1 home win over Real Betis.

Alonso had been expected to make his return to action in today’s Santiago Bernabeu Trophy, an annual early season friendly, against Qatar’s Al Sadd.

Real Madrid coach Carlo An-celotti has plenty of cover in the midfield holding role, however, with Luka Modric and Sami Khedira plus new signings Case-miro and Asier Illarramendi.

Xabi Alonso is also set to miss Spain’s next World Cup qualifier away to Finland in September, with the world and European champions leading Group I in their bid to reach next year’s finals in Brazil.

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