Arturo Vidal will miss the rest of Bayern Munich’s season after undergoing knee surgery, the German champions confirmed on Tuesday.
The Chilean suffered a setback on Sunday in his first training session since he picked up an injury against Sevilla earlier this month.
Bayern had already ruled him out of Tuesday’s German Cup semifinal against Bayer Leverkusen, but he will now miss the Champions League run-in as well.
The Bundesliga club said on their website: “The loose body that had been diagnosed beforehand was removed. The attachment of the rear lateral meniscus which was damaged by the loose body was repaired. The season is over for Arturo Vidal.”
Bayern, who have already won the Bundesliga, and begin their Champions League semifinal tie against Real Madrid next week.
Prior to missing the second leg against Sevilla through injury, Vidal had appeared in all but one of Bayern’s Champions League games this season.
“He slipped and went down,” boss Jupp Heynckes said on Bayern’s official website on Monday. “I’ve just spoken to [team] doctor [Hans-Wilhelm] Muller-Wohlfahrt on the phone. He’s had an MRI scan. Arturo has a loose body in his knee. That’s preventing him stretching.
“He’s already on his way to Augsburg. He needs keyhole surgery on his knee. Arturo will definitely be out of action for a while.”
Vidal will be able to rest until he returns for Bayern’s preseason this summer because Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup.