Updates from Thursday, May 15
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge appeared to confirm the inevitable on Thursday, ruling Thiago Alcantara out of the World Cup.
Rummenigge was quoted saying by Football Espana, per Eurosport:
A young man who has been working on his comeback and the World Cup in his country of birth - and suddenly both dreams have burst.
We will take great care in the coming weeks about him and do everything to ensure that he is fit again to start the season 2014/15.
Spain's official Twitter provided confirmation that Thiago had suffered a recurrence of his knee injury:
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian provides an update on Thiago Alcantara's injury situation:
Thiago Alcantara ruled out for 11 weeks. (via @BILD_Sport) The case for keeping Kroos has just become much stronger for Bayern.— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) May 14, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 28
Thiago Alcantara is targeting a return to first-team action ahead of the final day of the season after taking a giant step forward in his recovery from a knee injury.
Marca reports the following on the Bayern Munich midfielder:
Thiago Alcántara is running again just four weeks after partially tearing the ligaments in his right knee during a league game against 1899 Hoffenheim. The midfielder successfully completed two training sessions this weekend under the watchful eye of Bayern's fitness coach, Thomas Wilhelmi, and he expects to be able to up the intensity of his training over the next few days.
Updates from Sunday, March 30
ESPN's Staff reports how long Thiago Alcantara is expected to be sidelined due to his knee injury and provides a statement from Bayern manager Pep Guardiola:
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara partially tore a ligament in his right knee on Saturday and will miss six to eight weeks, the German champions confirmed.
"It's bad news. We're going to miss him a lot," said Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.
Thiago Alcantara can't seem to avoid the training room.
The emerging Spanish star and Bayern Munich midfielder had to leave Saturday's match against 1899 Hoffenheim with a left knee injury, according to Bundesliga.com:
FC Bayern München midfielder Thiago Alcantara has suffered a knee injury in the champions' 3-3 draw with 1899 Hoffenheim, almost certainly ruling him out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United FC.
The summer-signing from FC Barcelona suffered a partial tear to the medial ligament in his left knee in Saturday's draw with the Sinsheim club and was replaced by captain Philipp Lahm after 25 minutes. It is not yet known how long the 22-year-old will be sidelined for, but the Spaniard is unlikely to be fit for Tuesday's clash with the English Premier League Champions at Old Trafford.
Munich verfied their report on Twitter, as Mark Doyle of Goal.com translated one of their tweets as, "Thiago Alcantara has a suspected partial ligament tear in his knee. Get will soon!"
Alcantara missed three months to injury earlier in the season, while he also dealt with a knee injury last season for Barcelona. The timing of the injury is certainly troubling for both player and club, as Bayern are set to begin their quarterfinal matchup against Manchester United.
Of course, if there is any team suited to overcome an injury to a key player, it is Bayern Munich, which has as deep a stable of midfielders as any club in the world.
As for Alcantara, the fear will be that the injury might hurt his chances to make an impact for Spain in this summer's World Cup, especially if he misses a month or two with this particular knock.