Bayern confirms cracked rib for Alaba

David Alaba, who initially appeared to have avoided serious injury, is set for a spell on the sidelines with a cracked rib.

There is no indication of a return date for David Alaba.   -  Getty Images

David Alaba suffered a hairline fracture to his rib in Bayern Munich's 7-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur, the Bundesliga champion has confirmed.

Alaba was on the end of a wild early challenge from Serge Aurier and had to be substituted at half-time of the Champions League clash, complaining of severe pain.

Bayern initially announced the defender had sustained only "a heavy bruise", reporting his ribs had not been broken. But Niko Kovac then confirmed on Friday that Alaba, along with fellow defender Lucas Hernandez, would miss Saturday's league clash with Hoffenheim.

An additional update followed as Bayern revealed a further assessment from club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt had identified the fracture.

A short statement gave no indication of a return date for Alaba, stating only that the left-back would be out "for the time being".

Alaba had been out with a thigh strain prior to the big win at Spurs, sitting on the bench for Bayern's victory over Paderborn in the Bundesliga last weekend.

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