Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba could be sidelined for the next couple of months after undergoing successful knee ligament surgery, the German Bundesliga club have announced.
The Austria international sustained an injury to his meniscus during Wednesday’s 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Roma which guaranteed Bayern top spot in their group and qualification for the knockout phase next year.
The German champions have said the 22-year-old, who set up Franck Ribery’s opener on Wednesday night, could return to full training by early January.
“It’s a bitter moment for me because everything was going well both for the club and myself,” Alaba said on the eve of his operation. “With the help of the medical staff, I hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Alaba has played in all of Bayern’s 17 matches this season before injury derailed his season at the Allianz Arena in midweek.