Bayern Munich have confirmed that defender David Alaba will require surgery on the knee injury he sustained in the Champions League victory over Roma on Wednesday evening, and will now be unavailable for up to three months.
Bayern maintained their 100 percent European record for this season with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena, but their passage to the knockout phase was marred somewhat by issue involving Alaba.
The Austrian full-back has suffered a partial MCL team and medial meniscus damage and will soon go under the knife in order to correct the problem. "This is actually quite bitter for me," he told the official Bayern website.
Alaba’s importance to Bayern was reinforced by Pep Guardiola in his post-match conference, with the manager lamenting the loss of a player whose talents he holds in very high regard.
"We lost a great player who plays fantastic football. It's a shame because he will be out for two or three months,” Guardiola said.
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"I hope he returns after Christmas as his versatility makes him a very important player for us."
It is claimed by the Daily Express that not only will this knee trouble put paid to Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Alaba, as unlikely as they were, but there will also be repercussions for Manchester United and their own transfer ambitions.
Alaba has established himself among the best left-backs in Europe in recent seasons, although he has more recently been operating in the middle of defence, and his performances for Bayern have seemingly not gone unnoticed by Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real Madrid manager may already have Marcelo among his number but, supposedly, Alaba is on his radar. It may then be that the injury to the Bayern star arrives as something of a relief for the Brazilian.
Any hypothetical deal for Alaba would actually have a greater impact for Fabio Coentrao, who would be the player to make room for the 22-year-old, and the Portuguese full-back has been linked extensively with Manchester United.
Coentrao has apparently been identified as potential competition for £27 million summer acquisition Luke Shaw but, reports the Daily Express, the teenager can breathe a sigh of relief with the former now set to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu following Alaba’s injury.