Bayern Munich's smooth passage into the Champions League knockout stage hit a speed bump last night after it emerged that versatile Austrian international David Alaba could be out for the rest of the year.
All appeared well for Pep Guardiola's fast and flexible team when they beat Roma 2-0 at the Allianz Arena to maintain their perfect record after four games and advance to the Round of 16 with two games to spare, the fastest ever by a German team.
However, the influential Alaba limped off with a knee ligament problem in the 81st minute after another inspired display, an injury that could see the 22-year-old Austrian miss the remainder of the year.
"We will be missing a super type of player, who plays outstanding football," Guardiola said.
Further medical checks to determine the extent of his ligament injury will be conducted, but Guardiola is already consigned to losing the player for a number of months.