Munich - Spanish international midfielder Thiago Alcantara is to undergo knee surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday, his club FC Bayern München have confirmed.
The 23-year-old suffered a setback on his road to recovery last week, tearing knee ligaments for the second time.
Operation in Spain
He faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after Tuesday's operation, which will be conducted in his home country by the trusted Dr. Ramon Cuga. A doctor from the Bavarian club, Dr Hänsel, will also be present to oversee the surgery on his knee just over seven months after he first received treatment in Spain following the initial injury sustained in a game against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in March. "It was clear right from the moment he injured himself last Tuesday that he would be operated on in Spain," said Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Munich on Monday. "The Spanish doctor is a very, very good doctor."
Thiago flew to Barcelona last Friday for a consultation with Dr Cugat after receiving the damning diagnosis last week. "What can I say? I'm very frustrated and unhappy. But I won't give up, I will keep fighting and I will return at FC Bayern," said Thiago after this latest blow.
#Rummenigge on @Thiago6's op: "It was clear from the start that he would be operated on in Spain. There are no medical disagreements at FCB"