Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15
Thiago Alcantara, so close to a Bayern Munich return, has suffered a fresh ligament tear that will require surgery.
Bayern Munich's official Twitter confirmed the news:
FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN
Devastating: @Thiago6 (23) has suffered a ligament tear in training. He needs an operation and is set for another lengthy absence.2014-10-15 12:25:10
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17
Thiago Alcantara moved a step closer to a return to first-team action on Tuesday, joining in on part of a first-team training session with his Bayern Munich colleagues.
Stefan Coerts of Goal.com reports:
Thiago has now taken the next step in his recovery process, as he briefly joined team training ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Manchester City, before continuing with an individual session.
The 23-year-old will not make the match squad for the match against City or for this weekend's game versus Hamburg, but Bayern are hopeful that he will be back in action soon.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Thiago Alcantara has allayed fears that he could be out until October following a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago tweeted on Tuesday:
Thiago Alcantara's nightmare rehabilitation from the knee injury he suffered in March continues, as several reports from Spain and Germany indicate the Bayern Munich midfielder suffered another setback.
The youngster will not be available for the start of the 2014-15 campaign and likely won't see the pitch until October, according to The Guardian. That's bad news for the Bavarians but particularly Alcantara, who had alluded to his return to the pitch on Twitter not 24 hours before the reports of his setback surfaced:
However, Alcantara denied a relapse via his personal Twitter account:
The Spaniard had a strong start with Bayern Munich last season, following Pep Guardiola from Barcelona to the Bundesliga powerhouse. His injury sustained in March greatly impacted the performances of both Bayern and the Spanish national team.
While he wasn't a regular starter for either team, his versatility in midfield and his defensive presence opened up acres of space for either players, and his transition from Spanish to German football seemed to be going quite well.
Sergi Dominguez feels bad for the youngster, who can't seem to shake the injury bug:
Bundesliga expert Marco Conradie wonders whether the Bavarians will now regret letting Toni Kroos leave for Real Madrid:
The 2014-15 season was supposed to be Alcantara's comeback year, and for now, it appears those plans will have to be put on ice a little longer.
Still just 23 years old, the Spanish international will have to find solace in the fact Bayern have tremendous depth and hope he'll be back to his old self before long.