Blow for Bayern as Alaba is ruled out for seven weeks

The Austrian picked up a knee injury in his country’s draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday and will miss much of the rest of the season

David Alaba has been ruled out for the next seven weeks with a medial ligament tear in his left knee, Bayern Munich have confirmed.

The 22-year-old full-back was withdrawn at half-time in Austria’s 1-1 friendly draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina following a collision with Hoffenheim’s Ermin Bicakcic.

In the wake of the match, Alaba said that he could barely walk and the Bavarians stated that he would undergo tests upon his return to Munich.

And their worst fears have now been confirmed, with Alaba set to spend a fortnight in a cast before returning to action at the end of May.

Bad news! @David_Alaba has suffered a medial collateral ligament tear in his left knee. 14 days in a cast and then back in around 7 weeks.

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 1, 2015

“I’m obviously very sad,” Alaba told the club’s official website. “But I have a big goal: to be back before the end of the season.

“I will recover well now and go into the rehab on full throttle.”

Alaba, who suffered a similar injury in his right knee back in November, will miss both legs of his side’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto and the majority of the Bundesliga run-in.

However, he could be fit for the DFB Pokal and Champions League finals on May 30 and June 6 respectively.