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Holger Badstuber's return was triumphant, but he couldn't stay healthy

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When healthy, Holger Badstuber was a defensive rock for Bayern Munich.

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Like the two previous seasons, Holger Badstuber couldn't stay healthy again this season. After losing 18 months of professional football to multiple ACL tears, Holger Badstuber was finally healthy and capable of being a major contributor to Bayern Munich at the start of the season. But like the previous years, his own body conspired against him to limit his season to just 16 appearances.

His Season Performance

After a stellar preseason Badstuber suffered a major injury just one month into the season, being removed prematurely in Bayern's match against VfB Stuttgart with a thigh tear. That injury cost him the rest of the Hinrunde.

Returning to the first team over the winter break, Badstuber came out roaring in the second half of the season. Alongside Jerome Boateng, the duo formed a rock solid backline as Bayern Munich marched towards another 10 point victory in the Bundesliga and a series of huge victories in February and March.

As an increasingly critical piece of Guardiola's play style from deep, Badstuber slowly regained and elevated the form that saw him become a German national team stalwart at the age of 22. His full return came in late March when he made his first German national team appearance in nearly two-and-a-half years. Badstuber was a huge part of Bayern's amazing comeback from their quarterfinal first leg shellacking at the hands of FC Porto, but sadly Badstuber burned too bright too fast and suffered yet another muscle tear that ended his season.

Next Season Prospects

Badstuber's latest injury will reportedly cost him the months of May through potentially August. Badstuber will likely fully return just in time for Bayern Munich's Champions League group stage in late September. But as he showed this season, the question at that time is not whether Badstuber can become the player he once was, but whether he can stay healthy.

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