Alonso suffered a broken ankle in the Reds' 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea FC on 1 January and it was hoped initially he would be back within three months. However, Benítez now fears the Spanish international, a €16m summer recruit from Real Sociedad de Fútbol, will not return to action until next season.
'Will not play again'
"In my mind now I think that Xabi will not play again this season," he said. "After three months, you don't know, some players can come straight back but some players take a lot of time. If Xabi comes back it will be a bonus."
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