Bayern Munich suffered a significant setback ahead of their upcoming Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United, as midfielder Thiago Alcántara sustained knee ligament damage that looks set to rule the Spaniard out of action for up to four weeks.
Thiago, who had looked set to become David Moyes’ first signing in the summer before sealing a move to join former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at Bayern, limped out of action during his sides 3-3 draw at home to Hoffenheim yesterday.
The club later confirmed that the midfielder had suffered a suspected partial ligament tear in his knee with Guardiola suggesting that the injury may require surgery.
"This is very bad news," Guardiola said. "He'll be sorely missed."
The news has cast doubts over whether the Spanish international will be fit and available in time for the upcoming World Cup.
The former Barcelona man has made 24 appearances for Bayern this season since his summer move from Barcelona, and was part of the side who retained their Bundesliga title in the week. He did however miss the early part of the season with an ankle injury.
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