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The injured star is hopeful of a quick return to the first team...

After picking up an injury to his right leg in Real Madrid's Champions League win against FC Zurich, Xabi Alonso has been ruled out for up to ten days.

With a busy fixture schedule, Manuel Pellegrini will be without the 27-year-old for at least two games. However, the former Liverpool midfielder has stated his desire to return to first team action as soon as possible.

"It's coming along. I still have some swelling and discomfort in the area of the blow, but I'm slowly getting better," Alonso explained to the club's official website.

"I hope to come back as soon as possible."

When questioned about the team's performances so far, the midfielder added that, though the season has started well, there are still things that can be improved on.

"The potential is here but I think that we can still improve a lot. There are certain areas that must be polished," he said.

"We are doing some things right, and we must improve on what we aren't doing so well because we must be ambitious."

Anthony Wright, Goal.com

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