With their Champions League quarterfinals match against Porto just a few weeks away and their Bundesliga faceoff against Borussia Dortmund happening on Saturday, Bayern Munich might be in for a setback as defender David Alaba suffers a knee injury.
The 22-year old Alaba caught the injury while participating in the friendly match between his team Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovinia, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Alaba collided with Bosnia’s Ermin Bicakcic, who fell onto his leg. He was immediately substituted out by half-time.
“I have very, very strong pain. I can barely walk,” Alaba described his condition. “I really do not know what’s going on.”
“David has problems with his left knee, he felt a stitch. He’s not doing well,” Austrian coach Marcel added. He also revealed that team doctor Richard Eggenhofer initially diagnosed Alaba to be out for six to eight weeks.
Bayern officially confirmed their player’s status on Wednesday via a statement, saying that he suffered from ligament dfamage and that he will be out for seven weeks. Thus, he will be missing the team’s quarterfinals match in the Champions League. However, if Alaba’s rehavilitation plan follows through, he is expected to be back in action for Bayern’s last two Bundesliga matches.
This is the second time that the young defender has suffered a significant knee injury. In Novermber of last year, Alaba suffered a right knee injury. However, he managed to return early this year and has been present in several matches.
However, while Bayern suffered a setback with Alaba, they also get a needed boost with the expected return of Thiago Alcantara. On Monday, the team’s official Twitter page posted a foiotage of Alcantara going through a series of drills. Alcantara spent 10 months on the bench due to a severe knee injury. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is expected to make full use of the midfielder once he comes back to playing status.