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Douglas Costa out indefinitely with thigh injury

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The Brazilian winger is back on the shelf just weeks after his return from injury

Bayern Muenchen v FC Ingolstadt 04 - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Douglas Costa is set to miss an indefinite amount of time after being diagnosed with a muscle injury in his right thigh, the club has announced.

Per the official website:

The 26-year-old winger had just made his return on September 9th in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Schalke, being subbed on for a 29 minute cameo. He made his return to the first XI four days later, starting on the left wing and tallying an assist before being taken out for Franch Ribery after 64 minutes.

Though unfortunate for both club and player, Costas injury is a blow the club should be able to withstand, especially since both Kingsley Coman and Arjen Robben were back in the squad against Ingoldstadt, with the former even putting in a 45 minute shift. If those two have officially put their injuries behind them, it leaves Bayern with four healthy wingers until Costa’s eventual return, which should be enough depth for ample rotation until the second international break of the season in early October.

In 46 games for Bayern after being acquired last summer, Costa has scored 7 goals and assisted another 19. Though he has returned to earth after his incredible start to his Bayern career in which he assisted 10 goal in his first 7 games alone, the Brazilian winger still looks to be an important part of Bayern’s team going forward.