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Thiago to miss Cup

Berlin: Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss the World Cup for the defending champions as well as this week’s German Cup final after tearing a knee ligament this week that needs surgery, the club said on Thursday.

The 23-year-old, who joined Bayern this season and was named in Spain’s World Cup squad, has been out since March with a different ligament injury in the right knee and was hoping to play in the final against Borussia Dortmund.

“This is bitter for Thiago and I feel sorry for him,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, in a statement.

“A young man who wanted to come back at the World Cup and suddenly, his dreams are burst. We will take care of him now and make sure he is fit at the start of the season.”