Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss the FIFA World Cup with a recurrence of a knee injury, Bayern Munich has announced.
Reports emerged Wednesday that Thiago had suffered another knee injury, and Bayern has now confirmed the 23-year-old will miss the upcoming tournament in Brazil.
A Bayern statement revealed Thiago — training ahead of Saturday's DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund — tore inner ligaments in his right knee Monday.
The former Barcelona man sustained a knee injury against Hoffenheim at the end of March and had not played since, but was an unused substitute in Bayern's 1-0 win against Stuttgart last weekend.
Thiago had been selected in Spain's provisional World Cup squad earlier this week and, having missed out on the 2012 European Championship due to injury, his dreams of playing on the biggest stage are now over.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's official website: "This is a bitter pill for Thiago. A young lad who has been working on his comeback and the World Cup in his father's homeland … and suddenly both dreams have burst.
"We will take great care in the coming weeks about him and do everything to ensure that he is fit again to start the season 2014-15."
Spain, attempting to defend its World Cup crown, begins the tournament in a difficult Group B that also contains the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.