Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara has had a successful surgical procedure on his right knee, but has a six month period out of action ahead of him.
Manchester United's failure to sign Thiago Alcantara last summer was highlighted as indicative of the club's poor performance in the transfer market before the start of last season.
He was available for €20 million because he had not played the requisite amount of games to cancel his release clause at Barcelona. But despite United pushing for his signature they lost out - Bayern Munich completing a deal for the Spanish international.
But so far it looks as if United dodged a bullet on this talented midfielder.
Before he left Barcelona he had already earned a reputation for having 'chocolate knees'. He spent much of the 2012 calendar year out of action with a knee injury. He injured himself early on at Bayern, spending four months on the sidelines at the start of the campaign. He then damaged his knee again in March, ruling him out of the World Cup with Spain.
He ruptured knee ligaments in his right knee last week during a training session and the 23-year-old was immediately ruled out of action for the foreseeable future.
Today saw Thiago go underneath the knife, in an attempt to correct the problem.
A statement from Bayern said:
"The operation in Barcelona, attended by FCB team doctor Dr Lutz Hansel, was completed without any complications.
"However, Thiago faces a long lay-off and is likely to be out of action for several months."
It is believed that he will be out of action for at least six months - as he embarks on his fourth major comeback from a serious knee injury in what is a very short career so far.
Most football fans will undoubtedly wish him all the bes tin his most recent recovery.