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James and Bernat out for the short term

Bayern’s injury crisis deepens.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 22:  James Rodriguez of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC Anderlecht and Bayern Muenchen at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on November 22, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Bayern Munich lost more to Gladbach than points. Besides the ugly result, Jupp Heynckes’s squad suffered two more losses mere days after Heynckes remarked that Bayern “can’t afford any more injuries.” Bayern has confirmed that both James Rodriguez and Juan Bernat will take a “short break from training.”

According to the club’s official statement, James suffered a concussion after colliding with Gladbach’s Tony Jantschke. He will be under medical observation by Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt's team and “unable to train for a few days.”

Bernat, only two games into his comeback after missing almost the first half of the season with a serious ankle injury, reportedly has a minor muscular problem in his left thigh.

With luck, both players will rejoin the team sooner rather than later. Bayern's list of injured players now includes: Manuel Neuer (foot), Franck Ribery (knee), Thomas Müller (hamstring), Arjen Robben (hamstring), David Alaba (back), Rafinha (ankle), James (concussion), Bernat (thigh).

With both David Alaba (back) and Rafinha (ankle) sidelined, Marco Friedl may continue to start at left-back after making his Bundesliga debut against Glaldbach. Bayern also may get some short-term relief with the imminent return of Müller and Ribery. The status of Alaba and Rafinha's injuries is unknown.

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