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Seven-week lay-off

Alaba out with ligament damage

FC Bayern will be without another key player for the foreseeable future on the news that David Alaba sustained a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee while representing Austria in a 1-1 friendly international draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday night. FCB chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt announced the diagnosis after examining the player in Munich on Wednesday. The 22-year-old will be sidelined for around seven weeks.

Alaba will be in plaster for the next 14 days and will wear a splint after that. If all goes according to plan, the player will start sports rehab training in around four weeks. The Austrian will miss many crucial matches over the next few weeks but is hoping to be back in time for the climax to the campaign.

“I’m obviously really disappointed at the moment,” Alaba told fcbayern.de, “but I have one big target: I want to be back for the finale this season. I’ll make sure I recover completely and then I’ll go for it in rehab.” The FCB youth product only recently returned to action after sustaining a partially torn ligament last November, although that was a problem affecting his right knee.

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