Following up on yesterday's news: David Alaba is scheduled to undergo surgery today in order to set a broken bone in his foot. In fact, the surgery may have already taken place, but I can't find any confirmation of that. Rafinha, who twisted his ankle in the same match, will not undergo surgery. However, he is still sidelined for up to 5 weeks, meaning he MIGHT miss the opening of the Bundesliga season.
There are rumors that Bayern might be looking for a short-term replacement. With the depth on the roster, though, and the fact that Alabaster's recovery is not expected to linger past September, it's more likely that we'll use what we have. Some things worth considering:
- Diego Contento, despite never breaking into regular first-team action, is a pretty damn talented kid. He has good touch, can do a solid job of linking up with Ribery, and he's still only 22 years old. Louis van Gaal never liked him that much, but when he's 100 percent healthy, I think he's done enough to earn a closer look.
- Jerome Boateng has played FB for much of his career. Although he played at CB for most of last season with Bayern, he has played in the right corner for Manchester City and for the German National team. I believe he also played some LB at World Cup 2010. That was a while ago, but on a short-term basis, that would be an option.
- Philipp Lahm has plenty of experience at both FB positions. In my opinion, though, he's a lot better at RB. I don't know why, but last year our back line really improved when Alaba got moved to that LB spot and Lahm shifted back over to the right. Lahm is a great technical tackler and he gets forward pretty well. When he and Robben make overlapping runs on that right side, it can really slice open an opponent's defense (the end of the first leg vs. Real Madrid last year being one example).
- I'm not advocating this, but it's worth mentioning that Badstuber has also played some FB in his career. In fact, I think he started a Champions League Final at LB in 2010 (this was vs. Inter, where Demichelis and van Buyten had the two CB spots, I believe).
At any rate, I think we understand the situation, so let's move on to what we all came for: the poll. I just threw every possible combo out here. If you have a zany new idea that isn't included, leave it in the comments. Just keep in mind that this is a temporary solution - by the end of September (at the latest), Alaba - Lahm will probably be our FC duo.