Thiago Alcantara could miss the rest of Bayern Munich's season after tearing a ligament in his knee in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim, casting his chances of featuring in the World Cup into doubt.
Spain international was forced off just 25 minutes into Saturday's
Bundesliga clash with Hoffenheim and the Bavarians have now confirmed
that the ex-Barcelona starlet will be out until at least mid-May and
possibly until June.
"The first suspicions have unfortunately
been confirmed," a statement on Bayern's website read. "Thiago picked up
a tough injury in the 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim.
"After an MRI
scan the diagnosis is now clear: Thiago has an extensive partial tear
of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee knee.
Spaniard will be in a cast for 14 days. Overall, the summer signing will
miss six-to-eight weeks. Thiago will definitely miss the two
quarter-finals of the Champions League against Manchester United as well
as possible semi-finals."
Thiago could make a return in time to
feature in the Champions League final, should the European champions
reach their third consecutive showpiece event, but it is unlikely he
will be fit enough to be thrown into the starting XI even if he is.
was a disappointing day for Bayern as they also saw their 19-game
winning streak in the Bundesliga come to an end, with Hoffenheim earning
a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena.
However, coach Pep Guardiola
rested a number of key players ahead of Tuesday's last-eight first-leg
clash with Man Utd at Old Trafford.