April 17, 2018 / 5:05 PM / in 6 months

Soccer - Bayern's Vidal ruled out for remainder of season after surgery

MUNICH (Reuters) - Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal will miss their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid and has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery, the Bundesliga champions said on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Sweden vs Chile - Chile training - Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden - March 23, 2018 Chile's national soccer team player Arturo Vidal in action. Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

The Chilean has not played since going off injured during the first leg of Bayern’s quarter-final tie with Sevilla on April 3. He twisted his right knee during a training session on Saturday and underwent surgery on Monday.

“Vidal underwent surgery on his knee yesterday, ruling him out for the rest of the season,” said a statement on Bayern’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.

Vidal was sent off when Bayern met Real in last season’s quarter-final second leg, which the Spaniards won 4-2 after extra time to clinch the tie 6-3 on aggregate on their way to winning the trophy.

Bayern, who face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in a German Cup semi-final, were crowned Bundesliga champions earlier this month for a sixth consecutive season and are bidding to win the treble for the second time in their history.

Jupp Heynckes’ side host Real in the first leg of their semi-final tie on April 25, then head to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return game on May 1.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis

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