Jonathan Woodgate is to head to the United States in his latest bid to recover from the thigh injury that has kept him out of action since April.

The Real Madrid defender, who had just returned to training, suffered another breakdown in training this week and will now travel to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in America.

“Real Madrid did look at other options, but finally it was decided that this was the best place to achieve what is needed, which is making sure that Woodgate recovers 100 percent from his injury,” the club announced on their official website.