Midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to miss several weeks of action for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich after tearing knee ligaments during a training session. This is the fifth time the 23-year-old has suffered a major knee injury in the past 14 months. Thiago has still managed to play in 15 matches in all competitions with Bayern this calendar year and recently returned to full training with the squad. He was hoping to earn a place in the lineup for Bayern’s upcoming home contest against Werder Bremen on Saturday, October 28.
Those plans have fallen through though as the club announced that the Spanish international will have to undergo another knee operation to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Thiago was obviously upset with the news he had sustained another serious injury and told Bayern’s official website. “What can I say. Of course, I am at the moment profoundly disappointed. Why always me? But I will not give up, I will fight again. I’m going to get close again and I will celebrate my comeback at Bayern.”
Thiago first suffered a knee injury back in August of 2013 during a Bundesliga game against Nuremburg. He managed to return to the side 12 weeks later, but then aggravated the injury during an encounter against Eintracht Braunschweig. He returned to action once again as he hoped to play in the 2014 World Cup, but then suffered a third torn ligament in March while playing against Hoffenheim. To make matters worse, he was injured again after returning to action two months later in May’s DFB-Pokal Final against Borussia Dortmund.
Thiago’s father played for Brazil, but Thiago was born in Italy and later moved to Spain. He represented Spain at all youth levels from Under-16 to Under-21 and scored 16 goals. He’s played five games with the Spanish national senior team, but has yet to find the back of the net. However, Thiago has scored 17 goals in 185 career club contests.