Barcelona have confirmed that defender Marcos Alonso has undergone surgery on a back issue.
Alonso has gone under the knife in France and is now set for a period on the sidelines.
Here’s the club’s official statement:
“First team player Marcos Alonso has successfully undergone a procedure to treat his lower back issues.
“The procedure was performed by Dr. Amélie Léglise, under the supervision of the Club’s Medical Services, at the Sports Clinic Bordeaux Merignac. The player is out and his recovery will determine his availability.”
There’s no official word of how long Alonso will be out for, but early estimates reckon he won’t return until some time March.
Alonso hasn’t played much this season for Barcelona and is now set for more time off in what could be his last campaign for the club.
The injury means Alejandro Balde and Joao Cancelo will continue to be Xavi’s top options at left-back, although the manager has also taken on a check on teenager Albert Navarro in training in recent days.