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Report: Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled out of training after taking ankle knock

Bastian Schweinsteiger was pulled out of training. "Hooray!" said nobody.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has had a rough go of it since the summer of 2013. Despite the fact that in the intervening time he's won four trophies including a World Cup, he's had an extremely hard time staying healthy amid numerous injuries. Today, multiple reports have emerged that the 30-year-old defensive midfielder was taken out of Bayern Munich practice amid injury concerns following a rough challenge from Thomas Müller during a passing drill. Reportedly, the injury occurred to Schweinsteiger's ankles and required on-field medical attention before he was removed.

The team has not issued a statement about the injury other than to confirm that Schweinsteiger was withdrawn from training.

Ordinarily I wouldn't give this much thought or attention. Small training injuries happen all the time and players are taken off for precautionary reasons. Mehdi Benatia seems to be going through one of these right now with a minor back injury he picked up in Qatar. These kinds of things are routine and a part of being a professional athlete.

On the other hand, this is Bastian Schweinsteiger's ankles. The first words that come to my mind when I see the words "Schweinsteiger, ankle, and injury" juxtaposed are usually strings of expletives of the four letter variety. It was his ankles that cost him a couple weeks after August's MLS All-Star game. It was his ankles that needed surgery for bone spurs in the summer of 2013 that ultimately resulted in complications and his extended shelving last season. It was his ankles in previous seasons. There probably isn't a more irritating set of body parts to Bayern Munich fans than Bastian Schweinsteiger's ankles.

In all likelihood this is just a minor training injury and nothing, but for goodness sake it would be nice not to have to think about Bastian Schweinsteiger being injured for at least a period of time greater than 3 months.

UPDATE: Following assessment by the club, Schweinsteiger was diagnosed with an ankle contusion. He was back in training today.

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