When players are out on international duty, a club manager sits at home and hopes that all of his players come back in one piece. Unfortunately for Thomas Wörle and Bayern Munich Frauen, they received some awful news from the Algarve Cup.
Bayern and Germany midfielder Leonie Maier suffered a knee injury in in a non-contact incident during training on Tuesday. The DFB is reporting that Maier received an MRI in Faro, Portugal where they're preparing to play Japan in the final of the Algarve Cup. The MRI result showed that Maier tore the ACL in her right knee. She will travel to Munich immediately to begin further tests and prepare for surgery and rehabilitation.
"We are very sad that this happened to Leonie. This is a severe blow for us and for her. We wish her well with her surgery and rehab and hope that she comes back quickly. She has all of our support."
- Germany coach Silvia Neid
This is a big blow for FCB as Maier is one of three players to play all 1080 minutes so far this season. A lot more pressure will now fall onto the shoulders of Lena Lotzen to make sure that the midfield continues to operate at a high level to keep FCB in contention for one of the two Champions League places awarded to the Frauen Bundesliga.