Højbjerg Needs a Different Kind of Boot
For his 18th birthday, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg did not get a very good present from club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
He received the news that he has a strained ligament in his ankle, and will need to be in a cast (well, probably a protective boot) for 10 days.
Højbjerg sustained the injury against SpVgg Greuther Fürth II on Saturday. Edwin Schwarz subbed in for the Danish midfielder in the 53 minute.
The exact rehab regimen does not yet exist for the youngster, but given the cutting and changes in acceleration needed in football, it might be a month-long injury. Højbjerg has already been ruled out for the Munich reserve derby against TSV 1860 München II.
High Five for FC Bayern II
Even though the Højbjerg injury cast a big cloud over the victory, FC Bayern II still got the job done, needing only one goal against SpVgg Greuther Fürth II. The reserves are now on a roll, collecting all fifteen possible points in their five Regionalliga Bayern matches.
The goal came off a 16th minute cross from Vladimir Rankovic, which Patrick Weihrauch squeezed into the back of the net. Alessandro Schöpf had a chance to double the scoreline with a low shot in the 38th minute, but could not beat Mark Flekken in goal.
Greuther Fürth II's best chance came half way through the second half, when Nico Haas hit the post in the 67th minute and Fabian Klose struck a free kick just over the crossbar.
Rico Streider collected a second yellow in the 84th minute, forcing the reserves to play with 10-men for the waning minutes of the match. He will also have to miss next week's Munich derby against TSV 1860 München.
Rummenigge: "We are shopping no more"
The summer transfer window closes at the end of the month, but Bayern president Karl Heinz Rummenigge is going to close it a little earlier for FC Bayern.
"We will execute no more transfers. We have a standing roster that we want. We deliberately brought Thiago and Götze because we hold them as big talents of their generations in Germany and Europe."
Karl Heinz Rummenigge (Sport Bild)
This comes on the heals of a lot of transfer rumors, some a little serious involving Xherdan Shaqiri, and some ridiculous ones involving Bastian Schweinsteiger.
FC Schalke 04 was sniffing around Shaqiri, but an inquiry went no where, and general manager Horst Heldt will have to work elsewhere.
"I approached Matthias Sammer about Shaqiri, but that was no topic for him"
Horst Heldt (Kicker)
The Schweinsteiger rumors came from a laughable Daily Mirror article, speculating that Manchester United would go after the 29-year-old if they lost out on Cesc Fábregas. The article also loosely said that Arsenal and Chelsea could have interest, but considering they spelled Thiago's surname "Alacantara," the report lacks credibility
What do you think? Does Bayern need to make another transfer, or should they shut and lock the window? Vote in the poll below and comment on what you think.
In Case You Missed It...
– Felix Magath – FC Bayern's skipper from 2004 to 2007 – made headlines when he said on Sport1 that "Guardiola will have problems with Thiago." TZ-online captured the entire transcript, but the most compelling part brought a relatively new perspective on the Thiago situation.
"I see it as a problem that a Spanish coach signed a Spanish player. Pep will get problems with Thiago; either his teammates will be angry because he plays all the time, or people will question the transfer fee, in case the coach won't let him play. Pep could have avoided this situation."
Felix Magath (Sport1 via Goal.com)
– Jérôme Boateng has given early indications that he'd like to extend his contract, saying he is happy in Munich. Boateng's contract still has two years on it, mirroring the expiration dates of Toni Kroos and David Alaba.
– Several fans that are members of Bayern Munich supporters group have refused to renew their season tickets because of their dispute with the FC Bayern brass. This comes on the heels of the treble winners being fined €20,000 for fan transgressions in three games last year.
– Mario Götze went through full training on Friday, the first time he has trained with his teammates since he joined Bayern. Over the next few days, he will partake in team training while doing individual rehabilitation drills on the side. Considering that his fitness level is still pretty low, it would be a surprise to see him on the team sheet before September.
– As part of the 50th Birthday of the Bundesliga celebration in Berlin, two former Bayern managers, Udo Lattek and Jupp Heynckes, will be honored with the Ehrenpreis der Bundesliga. Both have won the Champions League, Lattek in 1974 and Heynckes in 2013, and both were replaced the following year.
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