Bayern Munich have lost their new signing Thiago Alcantara for up to two months, after he was seriously injured making his Bundesliga debut at the weekend.
The Spain U21 skipper was named in the starting line-up for the German champions on Saturday, when they took on Nurnberg at the Allianz Arena.
It was a routine 2-0 victory by Pep Guardiola’s powerful squad, but the gloss was taken off the result by Thiago’s injury.
The former Barcelona starlet tore ligaments in his right leg, and will now undergo corrective surgery.
It is anticipated that he will not be able to play for at least seven weeks, and will miss Bundesliga matches against Freiburg, Hannover, Schalke and Wolfsburg.
He will also be out of action for Bayern’s upcoming Uefa Super Cup showdown with Europa League winners Chelsea, as well as the initial group stage games of their Champions League defence.
"Thiago picked up the injury during the second half of the game against Nurnberg," Bayern confirmed in a statement on their website on Sunday.
"He will undergo surgery in Munich on Monday and is expected to be out for seven weeks.”