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Ligament op

Thiago surgery ‘successful’

Bayern star Thiago Alcántara has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. Thursday’s one-hour operation passed off successfully. The 23-year-old will remain in hospital until the weekend. He will then be in plaster for two weeks, before starting on a sports rehabilitation programme. “We’re wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery, so he can rejoin us and go for it in the new season,” commented Jérôme Boateng, passing on greetings and good wishes from the team.

The Spaniard had just resumed the squad training schedule at FCB but sustained a repeat partial rupture of the lateral ligaments in his right knee last Monday, ruling him out of the DFB Cup final on Saturday 17 May and this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

“It's a bitter blow for Thiago and we’re very sorry for the lad,“ commented FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a young man who’s worked hard towards a comeback and the World Cup in his father’s home country – and suddenly both dreams have evaporated. We’ll look after him very well over the next few weeks and do everything we can to have him fit again for the start of the 2014/15 season.“