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Bayern Munich's Thiago set for surgery

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is to undergo surgery on his injured knee in Spain on Tuesday, the club have announced.

The 22-year-old flew to Barcelona on Friday to seek help from doctor Roman Cugat.

It had been reported over the weekend that Thiago had defied Bayern by travelling to Spain rather than following their preferred path of flying to the United States to be looked at by renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadmann in Vail.

However, speaking at the airport prior to Bayern's flight to Rome for a Champions League encounter, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied they had any problem with Thiago being treated in Spain.

"It was clear from the beginning, when he injured himself on Tuesday, that he would be operated on in Spain," Rummenigge said.

"The Spanish doctor is a very good doctor who, besides, uses the very same techniques that are used in Vail in America.

"He will be operated on tomorrow."

Pep Guardiola has a great set of cans

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Bayern's Thiago suffers another 'serious' knee injury

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Thiago was ruled out of the World Cup in Brazil. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has suffered a second knee ligament tear and will have to undergo another operation, the club have announced.

The Spainiard suffered the setback in training on Tuesday as he continued his comeback from the injury he first picked up during a match against Hoffenheim in March.

Bayern said in a statement the former Barcelona man had suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in a challenge and would be out for the "long term". They described the injury as "serious".

The 23-year-old said: "What can I say? Of course at the moment I am deeply disappointed and distraught. Why always me? But I will not give up. I will continue to fight. I will come back again. And I will celebrate my comeback with Bayern."

Thiago suffered a setback in his recovery from the initial injury in May, which forced him to go under the knife and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga, leading the table by four points after seven games of the season.

Robert Lewandowski lookalike strikes again

A man pretending to be Robert Lewandowski has struck it lucky in second video by picking up mobile numbers from a string of attractive ladies.

The impersonator used the same trick dressed in a Dortmund kit before the Polish striker's move to Bayern Munich. Back of the net!

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Robben: I'm being punished for World Cup dive

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Robben is frustrated. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben believes he is still being punished for diving to win a penalty during the World Cup this summer.

The Dutchman threw himself down to procure a penalty for Holland in their 2-1 win over Mexico in Brazil, but he says he is now paying the price with referees reluctant to whistle for fouls against him.

He felt he was fouled in the penalty area by Daniel Halfar in Bayern's 2-0 win over Cologne on Saturday, but no whistle was forthcoming.

I made a mistake at the World Cup and I owned up to it, but now it seems like I am being punished for it..

You've always got to be able to look yourself in the mirror and I can do that today - it was a clear penalty and the referee didn't give it.

I've just got to accept it. It's probably going to happen quite often this season.

– Robben speaking to Sky television in Germany.

More bad news for Badstuber

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after being told he needs an operation on a thigh injury.

The Germany defender, who has only just returned to action after spending 20 months out with a serious knee injury, pulled up after kicking the ball during Bayern's 2-0 win over Stuttgart on Sunday.

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