Real Madrid’s head of medical services has commented on the club’s hopes to minimise the recovery period that Xabi Alonso now faces after surgery.
The 31-year-old went under the knife on Thursday afternoon for work on a fractured metatarsal in his foot.
Operated on in Murcia by Drs Mariano de Prado and Pedro Luis Ripoll, Madrid’s chief medic Dr Carlos Diez oversaw the procedure and assessed Alonso’s recovery rate.
“I think it will depend a lot on the clinical progress that the player makes,” reflected Diez on the player, who reportedly could face as long as three months out.
“With the minimally invasive techniques that Dr. De Prado used we are going to try to reduce the recovery time and we'll see how it progresses because our only interest is that the player recovers as soon as possible so he can play.
“He is very cheerful. This is the second time that he has gone through this as he had a similar injury in the other foot and knows what is involved and the fact that we are all here for this sort of thing.”