Alonso rues injuries
By Football News
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is lamenting the international round of fixtures after his club side were struck by injuries.
The La Liga champions have suffered heavy setbacks in the full-back areas with Marcelo ruled out for up to three months, while Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa were also among the casualties.
Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain are also in need of treatment.
With the international break coming to a close, Alonso admitted the situation looks bleak with the Celta Vigo clash coming up this weekend.
"It is very bad. It is amazing that in just seven days three players have fallen," Alonso told reporters.
"But I am sure that (Jose Mourinho) is already working on it, it's not my job to speculate on (possible solutions)."
Alonso said Spain lost control of their World Cup qualifier against France, conceding a late goal in a 1-1 draw.
"I think last night saw a lack of control as a collective. The team broke down and a goal was our punishment," he said.
When reporters asked why Alonso did not take the penalty, which team-mate Cesc Fabregas ultimately missed, he said: "We do not have a designated penalty taker. There were several of us yesterday and Cesc was confident."