Munich - FC Bayern München summer signing Thiago Alcantara has taken an important step on his road to recovery from torn ligaments in his right ankle with the Spanish midfielder having an operation to remove a screw from his right leg on Wednesday.

has been unavailable for the reigning Bundesliga and European champions after suffering the serious ankle injury at the end of August in an encounter with 1. FC Nürnberg. However, following the removal of his protective screw, the German record titleholders have been able to clear the 22-year-old to undergo a rehabilitation program.