'Patient' recovery for Thiago Alcantara
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara knows patience will be key as he begins his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
The Spain international is expected to be out until November, a major blow so early on in his Bayern career, but he is trying to remain optimistic.
"Of course, I am very disappointed," Thiago told Sport Bild. "This injury is bitter. I was just about to fight my way into the team, but now I need to have patience for a bit longer.
"I know that I will get all the help at Bayern and as soon as possible will be able to help the team again."
Thiago was signed for €25 million from Barcelona during the summer and quickly established him as a central part of the Bayern side of Pep Guardiola, who told the press he wanted “Thiago and no-one else” before landing his man last month.
"I was delighted about that statement," Thiago said. "That fills me with pride. To see that Pep Guardiola, who has won all trophies, trusts me and banks on me at his new challenge is wonderful.
"I want to very much be part of this new project that Pep Guardiola has set forth on."