FC Bayern München have confirmed that Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out for three to four weeks as a result of the knee injury he suffered on international duty.

The 24-year-old was withdrawn in the first half of Spain's 2-0 friendly win over England in Alicante last Friday, with a subsequent scan revealing swelling on the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Further tests conducted by FC Bayern's team medical officer Dr. Volker Braun have now revealed that Thiago, who has a history of knee problems, will therefore be out for three to four weeks.

Hectic schedule for Reds

The diagnosis means he could miss up to seven matches for the club, including the league fixtures against FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach, as well as UEFA Champions League group stage clashes with Olympiacos FC and NK Dinamo Zagreb and the DFB Cup encounter at SV Darmstadt 98 on 15 December.