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Bayern's Thiago suffers another 'serious' knee injury

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!


Robben: I'm being punished for World Cup dive

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.


No international u-turn

Franck Ribery will not back down on his retirement from the France national team.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich winger missed this summer's World Cup with a back problem and called time on his international career once the tournament was over.

I took this decision in consultation with Didier Deschamps.

I want to concentrate on my club and I will not change my opinion.

– Franck Ribery speaking to Die Welt

Alonso agonised about leaving Madrid

Xabi Alonso said choosing to leave Real Madrid for Bayern Munich was the toughest decision of his life.

The former Spain midfielder, who announced his international retirement earlier this week, has also now called time on his five years at the Bernabeu to join German giants Bayern in a transfer reportedly worth 10 million euros (£8million).

"It's been five great years. Now a new cycle is starting and it's been the most difficult decision of my life. I've thought long and hard about it.

"I wanted to be honest with myself and Real Madrid. You need to know when to say goodbye and this was the best time.

"I will always be part of the Madrid family."

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