Xabi Alonso injury ‘just a knock’

Xabi Alonso’s injury is not as bad as first thought, after the Spain midfielder limped off in the win over Equatorial Guinea.

La Roja beat their African opponents 2-1 on Saturday night, but the match was marred by the sight of the Real Madrid man going off on the stroke of half time.

The former Liverpool was initially thought to have suffered a severe ankle sprain, but Coach Vicente del Bosque confirmed after the match that Alonso had only picked up ‘a knock’.

No time plan has been put on his return, but Carlo Ancelotti will hope that the 31-year-old is back in time for their League game with Almeria next Saturday.

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