As Bayern Munich took the field for the ceremonial pre-match procession, the players donned shirts letting one of their oft-injured teammates know that he remains in their thoughts. Having oft-injured teammates has become a regular occurrence for Bayern during the Pep Guardiola era.
The shirts say loud and proud:
We're with you!
You'll do it again!
Unterstützung für Holger Badstuber! So wärmen seine Mannschaftskameraden in Augsburg auf!#ssnhd pic.twitter.com/bIgkCbn2bM— Uli Köhler (@Sky_Uli) February 14, 2016
Holger Badstuber fractured his ankle in a freak training injury ahead of the trip to Augsburg. The injury is just the latest bump in the road for the centerback since he first suffered a torn ACL way back in a league match against Borussia Dortmund on December 1, 2012. Since that match over three years ago, Badstuber has appeared in less than 30 matches for Bayern.
Badstuber's injury is just the latest for Bayern's centerbacks. Badstuber joins fellow defenders Medhi Benatia, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez on the sidelines.