Thiago returns to Bayern Munich training after almost a year out

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is back in training after being on the sidelines for almost a year with a knee injury.

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Thiago Alcantara has returned to training after almost a year on the sidelines with a knee injury, the Bundesliga champions have announced.

Alcantara, a 25million euro capture from Barcelona in July 2013, missed the last two months of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season and the World Cup in Brazil after he tore ligaments in his right knee while playing against Hoffenheim in March last year.

The 23-year-old Spain midfielder underwent surgery in May with the hope of playing some part in the first half of the current season, but was forced to go under the knife once more in October when he re-injured his knee in training.

Thiago’s comeback has been painstakingly slow up until now but he took a step in the right direction on Thursday when he came through a running session at Bayern’s Sabener Strasse training center unscathed.

"In sunshine and high spirits, Thiago recorded his rehab training in Munich on Thursday," a statement on Bayern’s official website read.

"One day after his return to Sabener Strasse, the Spaniard completed an hour-long run and sweated further in the performance center."

Bayern have not yet set a date for when Alcantara will be able to return to action.

Pep Guardiola’s side, who are eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga going into this weekend’s fixtures, play Paderborn on Saturday.