He broke the bone during training, and the team published this statement on their website: "Xabi Alonso has today suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, x-rays carried out by the club's medical staff have revealed."
The former Liverpool player had just returned to training after surgery in June on groin injury that prevented him from taking part in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. He also wasn't part of Carlo Ancelotti's team for his first competitive match against Real Betis because of lack of practice.
A new statement published on the team's website read, "Xabi Alonso has had surgery on a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. The operation was conducted with as few invasive techniques as possible."
The team has provided no prognosis for the 31 year old star, but it is believed he will be out at least three months while he recuperates. He will miss Spain's World Cup qualifying match away at Finland on September 6th, and it is doubtful he will return in time for the final two Group 1 games against Belarus and Georgia in October.
Alonso's backup, new signee Asier Illarramendi, is also injured.
References: FIFA and Team Talk
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