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Bastian Schweinsteiger out for "a few weeks" with knee injury

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been carrying a knee injury for months. Now it's going to cost him some time on the shelf.

Lars Baron

After swirling rumors for days, Bayern Munich confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger will be out for an as yet to be determined amount of time with a patellar tendon (knee) injury. Pep Guardiola first gave substance to the rumors a few days ago when he mentioned that Schweinsteiger was dealing with a knee issue that had been ongoing for a while. Today, Karl Heinz Rumenigge said that the 30-year-old midfielder will be out for at least several weeks but gave no timetable as to when he could (or would) return.

For a team that's already lost Javier Martinez for the calendar year (and possibly longer), the holding midfield has suddenly gone from a source of depth to scary thin in the matter of a week. Without Schweinsteiger much of the box-to-box midfield role minutes will fall directly to Sebastian Rode and Pierre Hojbjerg. With Rafinha and Mitchell Weiser also injured, they also represent the only two options available at rightback as well as in defensive midfield apart from Philipp Lahm.

What's abundantly clear is the growing rumblings that Bayern Munich need another centerback just became a whole lot louder now that Schweinsteiger is out too. Anyone else thinking now might be the time to buy an extremely versatile player like Sami Khedira just in case?

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