Vicente del Bosque decided to start Xabi Alonso against an Equatorial Guinea team that was playing much harder than Spain. Alonso had not finished a game for Real Madrid since coming back from his injury, but that didn't matter for the Spanish coach.
Alonso started the game in a questionable pitch and he left the game in the 42nd minute after a hard tackle by a Guinean midfielder.
Vicente del Bosque has a good record of giving tons of minutes to Real Madrid players -in friendly matches- while leaving FC Barcelona players on the bench. This time, Xavi Hernández is watching the game on TV with Piqué to his side.
Alonso's injury will be checked throughout the night, but he was forced to leave the game and should be out at least a couple of weeks.
Further information will be posted as medical reports are available.
Update: Alonso appears to just have a knock.
Spanish TV reporter Juanma Castaño saying that Xabi Alonso only has a bruise. Nothing big, according to Castaño.— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) November 16, 2013
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed via Twitter that Alonso has a bruised ankle.
Los servicios médicos de la @SeFutbol informan que el jugador Xabi Alonso sufre una contusión en el tobillo— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) November 16, 2013