Injury Report: Defender David Alaba Suffers Potential Season Ending Injury; Head Coach Ancelotti Comments

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Real Madrid defender David Alaba was helped off the pitch after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory against Villarreal on Sunday night, the Club have confirmed.

“It’s a shame, we are very sad to lose another player,” said Carlo Ancelotti. “This is the first time it has happened to me, three of my players tearing their ACLs… it’s unbelievable.”

The 31-year-old will now be expected to be out for about eight months, missing the rest of the 2023-24 season. This is a huge blow for the Spanish giants as they are now down to two senior center backs (in Nacho Fernández and Antonio Rüdiger) as Éder Militão also tore his ACL at the beginning of the season.

Not only that, but the Austrian international could possibly miss this summer’s UEFA European (EUROS) Championship.

“We have nothing to do now but to hang on and let the team continue to do what it has done with all the injuries we’ve had so far,” stated Ancelotti. “With all our injury problems, this team has still shown a great sense of battle, fight and extraordinary commitment.”

Ancelotti also commented on a possible replacement with another player within the team or with a new transfer this upcoming January window.

“[Aurélien] Tchouaméni is the first option we have right now to play as center back. It isn’t where we see him. But it’s an emergency so he can play there… but we will also look to see if we can sign someone in the next few days [in January].”

So far this season, Alaba has made a total of 17 appearances for the Club across all competitions this season, clocking in a total of 1,407 minutes and dishing out two assists.

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