Injury Update: Mario Götze to miss a further 2-3 weeks, Schweinsteiger cancels Germany callup

Alexander Hassenstein

Participation in the UEFA SuperCup yesterday has left Mario Götze with an ankle injury and a further 2-3 weeks on the shelf. Bastian Schweinsteiger has removed himself from international duty.

After coming back from a nasty hamstring injury that forced Mario Götze to miss the majority of the pre-season, yesterday's SuperCup should have been a celebration of the German internationals return to full fitness.

Instead it could only be categorized as a massive disappointment (maybe somewhat mitigated by the silverware) after a clumsy challenge from Chelsea's Ramires in the 71st minute left Götze injured on the pitch. Today, Kicker reports that Götze has a capsule tear in his right ankle and should be expected to miss a further 2-3 weeks.

With the international break next week, this news is somewhat softened but given the injuries problems already suffered so far this season by this Bayern Munich squad, it's another unpleasant factor to consider. Given his callup by coach Jogi Low, it looks like the German national side will need to find another central midfielder to bring in.

That choice will be made all the more complex for Low as Bastian Schweinsteiger has removed himself from international duty due to the ankle injury he suffered on Tuesday. The international break provides him with a long break - enough time to ensure that the injury properly heals and that the chance of re-aggravation is slim.

Javi Martinez and Arjen Robben are also reported to have picked up minor knocks in yesterday's clash, but they are expected to resume training within days.

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