Good news out of Munich! After initial reports claimed that Jerome Boateng could miss the start of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season due to an injury suffered during Germany’s 2-0 loss to France, further evaluations have diagnosed that won’t be the case.
After visiting Dr. Müller-Wohlfart’s office in Munich yesterday, Boateng was diagnosed with a torn right muscle bundle in his right thigh, but is not in danger of missing the start of the season, per a report from the official Bayern website.
Boateng seemed to sustain the injury at around the 60 minute mark when he played a long diagonal ball to the left side of the pitch. After playing the pass, he went down and had to be brought off for treatment. After a few minutes of evaluation on the sideline by the medical team, it was determined that he would be unable to carry on, at which point he was replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
It’s obviously great news for Bayern that Boateng will be ready for the start of the season. As of right now, Bayern have four healthy centre-backs (Badstuber, Hummels, Martinez, Benatia), and emergency replacements in David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich, which should allow the club to ease Boateng in slowly, as not to risk re-injuring the leg.
Bayern’s first official competitive game will be played on August 14th, where they’ll take on Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Super Cup away at the Signal Iduna Park.