Xabi Alonso suffers eardrum injury

The 32-year-old was unable to travel home with his teammates after colliding with Jeremy Mathieu during Real Madrid's 3-2 win against Valencia.
Real Madrid confirmed that midfielder Xabi Alonso suffered a perforated eardrum in the 3-2 win over Valencia on Sunday.

The Spain international collided with Jeremy Mathieu on the hour mark at Mestalla but soldiered on to play the rest of the match. He underwent tests on the injury after the game and it has now been confirmed that he has a tear in his left eardrum.

"After medical tests on Xabi Alonso, the player has a perforated left eardrum suffered as a result of a hit he took in the match against Valencia," a club statement read.

The former Liverpool man was unable to fly back to the Spanish capital with the rest of his teammates and will instead travel home by road.

With Madrid's action before the winter break now concluded, though, there is little chance of Carlo Ancelotti being without the 32-year-old for any matches.