Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is working on his fitness in Barcelona after undergoing surgery on his injured knee in Catalonia
Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is working on his fitness in Barcelona after undergoing surgery on his injured knee in Catalonia

Road to recovery: FC Bayern stars on the mend

Munich - FC Bayern München's injury woes in 2014/15 were further compounded on Tuesday with captain Philipp Lahm becoming the latest member of the record titleholders' star-studded line-up to be added to the long-term absentee list.

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It was an injury that sent shockwaves through the footballing world, as news of FC Bayern's ever-present captain fracturing his ankle in training hit media outlets across the globe. Lahm, who called time on his international career after captaining Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup title, has featured in more competitive fixtures (430) than any other Bundesliga player in the last decade, but will now be out until at least mid-February.

Austria's Sportsman of the Year is currently in plaster after suffering medial knee ligament damage in the 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over AS Roma. The 22-year-old recently underwent an operation to repair the damage, but can only resume light training once he is out of the cast. Alaba is therefore certain to miss the rest of the 2014/15 Hinrunde and is expected to return to action early next year.

The injury-plagued centre-back's latest setback came in the 2-0 success over VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 3. Badstuber suffered a torn muscle tendon in his left thigh against the Swabians and picked up his rehabilitation programme on Wednesday. The Germany international had previously missed 20 months of action with a cruciate knee ligament injury, but is likely to return to action before the end of the year.

The Peru legend tore a thigh muscle in training at the beginning of November, but, having returned to light training on Tuesday, the veteran striker is set to make his first-team comeback after the international break. The impressive early-season form of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze has restricted Pizarro to just five Bundesliga appearances this season, with his only goal coming against SC Preußen Münster in the DFB Cup.

After making his long-awaited return to training last month, Thiago suffered a fresh knee ligament injury four weeks ago. The former FC Barcelona prodigy has since undergone surgery in Catalonia, but has remained in close contact with FC Bayern's medical staff throughout and is already undergoing physiotherapy and rehab drills in an attempt to speed up his recovery. Thiago's last appearance came in the 3-3 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim seven months ago.

Having torn the cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2014 Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund back in August, Bayern's defensive all-rounder has been undergoing post-operative checks in the USA after going under the knife in Vail, Colorado. The Spainish defensive specialist has been working hard on his fitness with regular gym sessions, but is not expected to feature for Pep Guardiola's charges until February at the earliest.

The 33-time Spain international keeper has failed to make a competitive appearance for Guardiola's side since joining Bayern München from English Premier League giants Liverpool FC in the summer. Reina is currently working on his fitness after sustaining a calf injury in a friendly against a team made up of fans in Unterhaching last month and, according to the club, should return to the first-team squad in the coming weeks.

An ankle ligament injury has kept Reina's goalkeeping colleague sidelined for the past three weeks. The 33-year-old former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim custodian, who made just three appearances in all competitions for the record champions during the 2013/14 campaign, is still in a splint, but has been focusing on strengthening the muscles in his left leg with daily two-hour gym sessions. Starke has undergone surgery on the injury, but is still considered someway off a return to first-team duties.