Bayern Munich midfielder, Thiago Alcantara has had his first training session after almost a year of multiple knee injury hiatus, the German Bundesliga leaders announced on Thursday.
Thiago, who joined the Bavarians from Barcelona in 2013, missed the last couple of months of his first season as well as the Fifa World Cup in Brazil after tearing a ligament in his right knee during a league game against Hoffenheim in March 2014.
The Spanish midfielder, 23, suffered setback during training in October following his initial surgery in May.
But he took a giant step towards recovery on Thursday when he came through a running session having completed a rehabilitation programme in Barcelona.
“In Sunshine and high spirit, Thiago recorded his rehab training in Munich on Thursday,” Bayern said in a statement on its official website. “One day after his return to Sebener Strasse, the Spaniard completed an hour-long run and sweated further in the performance centre.”
The Bundesliga champions have not fixed date as to when he is expected to return in the squad. The Bavarians are eight points clear of second-placed Wolfsburg, ahead of this weekend’s game against Paderborn.