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Two weeks in plaster

Alaba knee op a success

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David Alaba has already taken the first step towards recovering from injury after the 22-year-old successfully underwent surgery on Friday morning to repair a damaged meniscus in his right knee. FCB chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt said the operation was completed without complications.

Alaba will be discharged form hospital on Saturday and will wear a protective plaster cast on the knee for the next 14 days. The freshly-crowned Austrian Sports Personality of the Year will then be fitted with a special splint allowing him to commence physical therapy and initial sports rehab exercise.

Alaba sustained a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and damage to the medial meniscus in Bayern’s Champions League meeting with Roma on Wednesday. The defender will be out of action for a number of weeks, but Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt is confident the player described by Pep Guardiola as “a complete footballer” will be fit in time for the club’s winter training camp in early January.