Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks, which the team’s doctor confirmed yesterday.
The injury is only referred as a “torn knee ligament” but the length of absence suggests it’s likely a tear of either his MCL or meniscus. With no mention of surgery in the team release, the strongest assumption would be his MCL.
With the timetable for return, the Spaniard would likely be recovered for the World Cup, but he will no doubt miss both Champions League matchups with Manchester United.
The 22-year-old would likely miss any potential Champions League semi-final matchup as well.
Manager Pep Guardiola called the injury “very bad news,” Arjen Roben labeled it “a big loss,” and Thomas Muller said the loss comes at a “catastrophic time.”
Since coming over from Barcelona this past summer, Thiago has been used both off the bench and in the starting lineup, making 11 starts and 16 overall Bundesliga appearances and bagging two goals and four assists.
Coming from Barcelona and the Spanish national team, it’s no surprise Thiago’s a passing master, holding a 91% Bundesliga passing accuracy with over 1,000 passes completed.
He started both Champions League matchups with Arsenal as well, and has four appearances in Europe’s top competition this season for the German giants.