Bullet dodged? - Former Manchester United target Thiago back in training after injury hell

The Bayern Munich man has played 20 games in the last two seasons.

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. It was reported by The Mirror at the time of his eventual transfer to Bayern Munich that 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 reportedly pushing for his signature they lost out to Bayern.

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 five months ago during a training session and the 23-year-old was immediately ruled out of action for the foreseeable future.

It was his fourth major knee injury in two years and it certainly seems as though not signing him worked out for United.

However, he now has the chance to finally prove his doubters wrong if he can stay fit. Today saw Thiago get back into light training at Bayern Munich, as the club were very keen to share.

A Pep Guardiola favourite, his return is hotly anticipated at the Allianz Arena and while it will still be a few weeks before he is up to match fitness, this is great news for the German champions.

United fans will still however be grateful they never signed the player, considering he has only played 20 times for the club since he chose them over Manchester United.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch