Alonso facing season ko
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool are fearful that midfielder Xabi Alonso may miss the rest of the season.Liverpool are fearful that midfielder Xabi Alonso may miss the rest of the season.
The Spaniard broke an ankle in The Reds' home defeat to Chelsea on New Year's Day following a challenge from Frank Lampard.
Alonso was ruled out for three months with the problem, but boss Rafa Benitez has now conceded he might not be ready to return this campaign.
"We know that after three months sometimes it is a risk to come back. Losing him would be a big blow," Benitez declared.
It would be a massive blow for the Merseysiders if Alonso did not reappear again this season as he has proved a huge success since his £10.7 million switch from Real Sociedad last summer.
However, there was some better news for Benitez on the injury front as both Vladimir Smicer and Harry Kewell are expected to be back in action by next week.