[UPDATE: 11:40AM EST] Thiago himself has taken to Twitter to say he will only miss a few weeks. This outlook is certainly more optimistic than some of the other reports that have floated since Bayern Munich released its statement earlier this morning.
Thiago estimates that he will miss less than a month, which would be an excellent turn of events for Die Roten.
Para matizar un poco... Estaré menos de un mes sin jugar y ya está. Gracias a todos por la preocupación!!!— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) October 31, 2018
To clarify a bit... I will be out less than a month and that’s it. Thank you everyone for your concern!!”
[UPDATE: 8:50AM EST] Tz is speculating that the recovery time could be 5 to 6 weeks.
Injuries of this kind usually mean a loss of five to six weeks.
[ORIGINAL REPORT] As feared, Bayern Munich’s injury plague has spread to midfield extraordinaire, Thiago Acantara.
The Spaniard will miss “a few weeks” because of “a tear of the front outer ligament and the joint capsule in the left ankle joint” per a release from FCBayern.com. An exact timetable has not yet been developed, but the injury will no doubt sideline Thiago for some key matches, including a Champions League tilt against AEK Athens on November 7th and November 10th’s Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern’s other November opponents include SC Freiburg and Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Bundesliga, and a November 27th showdown with Benfica in the Champions League.
How Niko Kovač adapts will be interesting. Certainly Thiago’s absence will open time for a number of players such as Javi Martinez, Leon Goretzka, Renato Sanches, and even the likes of Thomas Müller and James Rodriguez. The squad rotation will need to be tweaked a bit to find a solution for how to cope without Thiago.
Thiago has played in 14 out of 15 competitive games so far this season.