Xabi Alonso suffers burst eardrum

Xabi Alonso suffers burst eardrum


Real Madrid have revealed Xabi Alonso suffered a perforated eardrum during Los Blancos 2-3 victory against Valencia.

The Basque midfielder was elbowed by French centre-back Jeremy Mathieu when challenging for a header, although he was able to continue playing until the final whistle.

However, at the end of the clash the 31-year-old was brought to Hospital 9 de Octubre, where scans showed he had perforated his left eardrum.

Thus, Alonso was unable to go back to Madrid by plane, to prevent his ear from suffering further damage, and had to drive a three-hour trip by car.

The midfielder is pending further tests to determine the extent of the injury. Doctors are waiting to see how the perforation develops to announce how long he will be sidelined.

This injury has taken place in a crucial time of the season for Alonso, since he is negotiating his contract extension with Real. Los Blancos and the player haven’t reached an agreement, and the Basque could start negotiating with other clubs next week.

Alonso has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with all big clubs interested in signing him, including Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. Juventus, Napoli and Paris Saint Germain are also pursuing the midfielder’s transfer.

* UPDATE: Real Madrid doctors have confirmed Alonso’s will be cured in one month, and meanwhile he will be able to play despite of the perforation.