Katharina Baunach is out for the remainder of the season with a meniscus injury. The timing of this injury could not be worse with two matches to go, and the title on the line for the women's team. Baunach injured her leg during the warmups before last Sunday's game. She has been a key member of the team's defense but has been injury plagued throughout the year. This latest setback will have her out for both of the last two matches, so how will the team handle the loss?
To start, losing Baunach is not ideal. She's played a considerable amount of minutes in the backfield when she has been healthy. To make matters worse, Baunach is not the only defender out, with Viktoria Schnaderbeck out and Carina Wenninger taking her place in central defense. With the team not at full strength in defense, Bayern is in a tough spot. Luckily there is still talented players on the bench to fit into the back. Norwegian international Nora Holstad came on in the second half of last Sunday's game and played five minutes. Holstad has had her own injury woes this season, but she would be a strong option for the last two games.
Another option for the team is Carina Wenninger. She started last Sunday's game and played a strong game. Wenninger is young and still learning as a player but filled in well last Sunday and stepped up for the team.
With the next game being against soon to be relegated Herforder SV, it's likely that Thomas Wörle will start Wenninger in the middle. She went the full 90 last week and fits in well beside of Caroline Abbé. Wenninger and Holstad will be filling in for injured players over the next two games and will be expected to produce for the team. Luckily though the team has Lena Lotzen and other players back for the last two matches and will no doubt be ready for the title push.