Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set to undergo a fresh operation after suffering a recurrence of a knee ligament tear that has kept him out for long, the Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday.
The Spaniard suffered the “serious” injury setback in training on Tuesday as he continued his comeback from the injury he first picked up during a match against Hoffenheim in March.
The German champions said in a statement Thiago will be out for a “long term” after suffering a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in a challenge.
Sporting director Matthias Sammer added: “We are all shocked and sad after this new injury. Thiago was so close to a comeback after a long time. But he knows – the whole of Bayern is here for him. We will do everything for him to get fit again and win many titles with us.”
The 23-year-old suffered a setback in his recovery from the initial injury in May and had to undergo an operation, subsequently missing last summer’s World Cup.
The ex-Barcelona midfielder said: “What can I say? Of course at the moment I am deeply disappointed and distraught. Why always me? But I will not give up. I will continue to fight. I will come back again. And I will celebrate my comeback with Bayern.”