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Thiago faces new op and lay-off

Tuesday brought bad news and a severe setback for FC Bayern: Thiago Alcantara picked up another serious injury in a challenge during training. Due to a scar tissue deficiency the midfielder suffered a second partial tear of a ligament in his right knee. The 23-year-old faces another operation and a long-term lay-off.

“What can I say? Obviously, I’m deeply disappointed and upset. Why always me? But I won’t give up. I’ll keep on fighting. I’ll get fit again. And I will make my comeback at Bayern,” declared Thiago in his first reaction to this new blow.

“We’re all shocked and saddened by this new injury,” commented sporting director Matthias Sammer. “Thiago was so near to making his comeback. But he knows everyone at FC Bayern is here for him. We’ll do all we can to make sure he gets fit again and helps us to win lots of trophies.”

The Spain international initially sustained a partial ligament tear last March in Bayern’s home meeting with 1899 Hoffenheim. Following a conservative course of treatment and a return to team training, he suffered a reaction in mid-May and underwent surgery on the 15th of the month, missing out on the DFB Cup final and the World Cup in Brazil. He has been working towards a comeback since then and completed part of the squad training programme for the first time last week.