Bayern Munich's latest Bundesliga title defence could be in jeopardy if their stars cannot recover from miserable World Cup campaigns.
Rafinha's own future may be uncertain but the midfielder would be delighted if his brother Thiago returned to Barcelona from Bayern Munich.
Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid may have been linked with Thiago Alcantara, but Bayern Munich want him to stay.
Lothar Matthaus feels Thiago Alcantara is a bit like Diego Maradona following his superb performances for Bayern Munich.
Thiago Alcantara was lauded by coach Carlo Ancelotti after Bayern Munich's thrashing of Arsenal in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich could yet have Thiago Alcantara back for the Champions League tie against Arsenal as his rehabilitation continues.
Thiago Alcantara suffered an injury at Bayern Munich's Qatar training camp and could be out for three weeks.
Thiago Alcantara's preparations for the resumption of the Bundesliga season have suffered a blow with news he has sustained a thigh injury.
Bayern Munich's three-match winless run was ended as Mats Hummels scored in a 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen.