David Alaba will not make a surprise comeback for Austria in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Russia on 14 June. The FC Bayern München player, who tore ligaments in his left knee at the end of March while on international duty, is still limited to light training and consequently has been left out of the squad by coach Marcel Koller. "It's the best solution for him," Koller explained. "As bad as this is for the team, it's important to think of the player's health." Alaba added: "It's very sad that the Russia game is still a bit too early for me."
Bayern will most likely lose Austrian international David Alaba for the decisive weeks of the campaign. The 22-year-old suffered a knee injury during his country's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Vienna on Tuesday, a 1-1 draw. The full extent of the injury has yet to be revealed but there is suspected damage to the cruciate ligaments in his left knee.
"I am in really, really strong pain, I can hardly walk, I don't really know what's going on," Alaba said after the game. The versatile full-back or midfielder already missed a significant part of the season – from November to February, with partially torn ligaments in his right knee – and Austria doctor Richard Eggenhofer expects the player to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
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