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Austria team doctor: David Alaba could miss "6-8 weeks" with injury

Uh oh. This isn't good news.

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Ninety minute separated Bayern Munich from receiving all of their players back healthy from international duty. Halfway through that period, FC Bayern received some potentially devastating news from Austria. David Alaba left a friendly with a knee injury.

Alaba left Vienna immediately following the match in a car bound for Munich, according to Austrian paper Krone. Alaba is set for a morning MRI with Bayern doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. Before leaving Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Alaba said, "I have very, very strong pain and can barely walk. I really don't know what's going on."

Krone also quote Austrian team physician Dr. Richard Eggenhofer saying that Alaba will likely need "6-8 weeks" of rest. They also speculate --- Again, this is SPECULATION at this point. --- that Alaba could've suffered an injury to his ACL. However, this is not the same leg that he injured during the Hinrunde, so that is a positive that Bayern aren't looking at another potential Holger Badstuber or Thiago Alcantara situation.

Alaba's absence would undoubtedly affect FC Bayern as the club enters the "business end" of the season. He's so incredibly talented and has grown into such a valuable player for Pep Guardiola's team that any extended time missed will dramatically affect Bayern's chances at winning the triple this season.

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