Xabi Alonso is suffering from a ruptured eardrum injury at Real Madrid.
Xabi Alonso’s season couldn’t have started much worse. The Spaniard missed a large chunk of an important campaign with a broken foot and he’s now suffered a bizarre ear injury just as he was finding some form for Real Madrid.
Alonso has been in the news regularly this week as debate and speculation over whether he’ll sign a new deal with Los Blancos rolls on, but he’s now in the news for something completely different.
The Spanish midfielder ruptured his left eardrum in the last match he played for Real Madrid in 2013 against Valencia and the problem seems to have come up all over again.
Alonso had to ask to be withdrawn at half-time during Real Madrid’s win against Celta Vigo earlier this week because of severe discomfort in his ear.
“Xabi Alonso's eardrum is proving more troublesome than expected. Where most players want to come on and feel the noise, the Basque anchorman had to ask to come off at half time against Celta because of the strange feeling in his ear,” reads the report on Marca.
Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs in the world with a medical department that many teams will only ever dream of and Marca goes on to explain that they have been managing the problem effectively.
Alonso has been using cotton wool in his ears during training, but that’s not been possible during matches which has quite literally affected his performance.
“Though he has been training with cotton wool in his ears as a precautionary measure, he hasn't done so in matches. As a result, the noise of the crowd has caused some distortion in his hearing, stopping him from concentrating fully,” the report goes on.
The bad news for Chelsea and Liverpool if they were hoping to do a deal for Alonso this month is that it means the Spaniard won’t be able to fly for the foreseeable future due to the pressure changes and the affect flying has on delicate parts of the ear.
A lot of modern day transfers are handled by player’s agents and representatives but there are still parts of deals, which require a player to physically be present such as the medical and signing various sections of a contract.
The problem is an ongoing one but Alonso is expected to feature against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey tomorrow.
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