Pep Guardiola praises fearless Thiago Alcantara

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola praises midfielder Thiago Alcantara for his bravery in coming back from a three-month injury layoff.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has lauded midfielder Thiago Alcantara, describing him as "courageous".

The 22-year-old played his first full 90 minutes since returning from injury in the 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.

Thiago has struggled to feature for the German champions after sustaining a knee injury, though Guardiola was full of praise for the former Barcelona man's bravery in pushing his way back to full fitness.

"We have a lot of injured players and Thiago wasn't fit enough to play a full 90-minute game before," Guardiola told reporters. "He is a courageous player but still needs time to get back to full fitness.

"I'm happy about his performance, he is a player that doesn't know the word fear. He is very brave - I am satisfied, to come back like this after a three-month absence.

"That shows very strong character and it's a great effort from him, I'm happy with his performance."

Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Bayern Munich's players celebrate after scoring the first goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund on November 23, 2013
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