Real Madrid defender David Alaba has successfully undergone surgery on his knee after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in the La Liga match against Villarreal on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Austrian international was operated on by renowned knee surgeon Dr Christian Fink in Innsbruck, Austria, on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after sustaining the injury. Alaba decided to have the surgery as soon as possible, with the support of the club and medical experts, to speed up his recovery process.
Alaba is expected to be sidelined for about nine months, which means he will miss the rest of the season with RealMadrid and the Euro 2024 tournament with Austria next summer. He will begin his rehabilitation program in the coming days and will work hard to return to the pitch as soon as possible.
Many players in the squad expressed their love and support for Alaba during a difficult time for both him and the team. As Carlo Ancelotti expressed after the game on Sunday, this is an unprecedented situation: “This is the first time it has happened to me; three of my players tearing their ACLs.”
Alaba, similarly to teammates Thibaut Courtoit and Eder Militao, will likely play their first official game back from their respective ACL tears at the start of next season.