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Serious ligament damage

Thiago sidelined for six to eight weeks

Bayern’s worst fears about the injury sustained by Thiago in the first half of Saturday’s meeting with Hoffenheim have been confirmed with the player now facing a lay-off of six to eight weeks. An MRI scan conducted in the evening at Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt’s practice has confirmed the FCB chief medical officer’s initial diagnosis of a partially ruptured ligament in the right knee.

The Spaniard’s knee will be put in plaster for the next 14 days, after which he will be fitted with a splint. The recovery process will take between six and eight weeks, meaning the midfielder definitely misses both legs of the Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United and any subsequent semi-final. The summer signing was forced out of the Hoffenheim match after 25 minutes.

“This is very bad news,” commented Pep Guardiola, “we’ll miss him.” Thomas Müller agreed: “That’s bitter and comes at a catastrophically bad time, just before the most important games.” Arjen Robben offered a similar opinion: “It’s a big loss.”