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It has been confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso broke his ankle in the Premiership game against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Spanish star sustained the injury to his left ankle after a foul by Frank Lampard in the 27th minute.
Alonso tried to continue after picking up the problem, but was subsequently forced from the field.
"Unfortunately we have lost Xabi for five to six weeks and it is a big blow for us," said Benitez.
Benitez refused to reveal whether or not the injury may force him to bring in a new midfielder in the transfer window.
"We will see. At this moment I am only concentrating on the next game which is Norwich," added Benitez.
"We have a good squad so we have players who can come into midfield."
Originally posted by TRD
Well they have been after Morientes, i don't know what the situation is with him at the moment...
They just can't seem to get it right and will finish top 6 like they always do. They just need a couple more top players to make them a challenging side and they need more consistancy...
Xabi Alonso has offered Liverpool some hope of him returning to action before the end of the season.
The Spaniard broke his ankle as a result of a hefty Frank Lampard challenge on New Year's Day, and had been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
The injury came at a bad time for Alonso who had become an instant hit at Anfield with some superb midfield displays since arriving from Real Sociedad.