6 Players Unavailable for Netherlands Friendly and Bayern’s Thiago targets return ‘in a few weeks’


Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara expects to return to action in “a few weeks” after injuring his troublesome right knee playing for Spain against England on Friday.

Thiago was forced off midway through the first half of the 2-0 friendly victory in Alicante and a scan on Saturday showed swelling on the medial collateral ligament.

The 24-year-old playmaker’s career has been disrupted by a series of knee and ankle problems and he missed last year’s World Cup finals in Brazil after needing surgery to repair ligament damage in the same knee.

“Fortunately I will be out just for a few weeks,” Thiago wrote on his Twitter feed (@Thiago6) on Sunday.

Bayern’s next match is a Bundesliga clash at Schalke 04 on Saturday before they host Olympiakos Piraeus in Champions League Group F three days later.

Germany’s national team coach Joachim Löw will have 18 players available for their final international of the year. Despite the tragic events in Paris, it has been decided to go ahead with the football classic against the Netherlands on Tuesday evening (20:45 CEST) in Hannover. Six players who had been in the squad against France, will not be available against Holland.

Manuel Neuer, Jérome Boateng, Jonas Hector, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all made early departures from the national team. Neuer, Podolski and Schweinsteiger are rested by the coach, while Hector and Boateng are nursing minor injuries and therefore rested as well.

Leroy Sané will also not be involved on Tuesday, as the Schalke youngster has joined the U21 squad, who take on Austria in Fürth on Tuesday (18:00 CEST) in their bid to qualify for the European Championships.

John Doe

John Doe is a senior editor at DW Focus, where he has covered international conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans since 1997. A native of South Africa, he now resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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