David Alaba had to be helped off the field in the first half of a Spanish league match against Villarreal on Sunday after suffering an apparent knee injury.
While attempting to steal the ball from an opponent near midfield, Alaba’s left knee buckled. He fell and immediately called for assistance while clutching his knee.
In the 34th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the 31-year-old Austria defender was unable to put weight on his left leg while being helped off the field by two Madrid doctors.
Nacho Fernández took over for David Alaba.
This would be Madrid’s fifth knee injury this season. Due to serious knee injuries, the club is already without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Éder Milito.
At halftime, Madrid led Villarreal 2-0.