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Injury rules Thiago Alcantara out of World Cup

15 May 2014, 15:18

Berlin - Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of next month's World Cup in Brazil after suffering a fresh knee injury, his club Bayern Munich confirmed on Thursday.

The 23-year-old will undergo more surgery after again tearing the medial ligament in his right knee -- the same injury which has kept him out since March -- in club training on Monday.

He will miss the World Cup with holders Spain opening their defence against the Netherlands in Group B on June 13 in Salvador, Brazil, in a repeat of the 2010 final.

On Tuesday, Spain boss Vicente del Bosque had included Thiago in his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup having made five appearances for Spain.

"That is a bitter pill for Thiago, we're really sorry for the boy," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona last July.

"He's a young lad who has been working on his comeback while looking forward to the World Cup - now suddenly both dreams have been burst.

"We will take good care of him in the next few weeks so that he is fit for the 2014/15 season."

Thiago will also miss Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund in Berlin with Bayern bidding to win the domestic double having already won the Bundesliga title.

The fresh injury comes with Thiago on the verge of returning from the same injury he suffered in March and he also missed nearly three months towards the end of 2013 after tearing ankle ligaments.

The son of Brazil's former World Cup winner Mazinho, Thiago had been included in the match-day squad for Bayern's 1-0 league win over Stuttgart on Saturday and had been hoping to make his return in the German Cup final.

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