Bayern Munich added goalkeeper Tom Starke to its Champions League squad to replace the injured Manuel Neuer.
Tom #Starke has been called up to #FCBayern's @ChampionsLeague squad #PSGFCB #packmas pic.twitter.com/5KHK3Irlgj— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 25, 2017
Goalkeepers can be added to or removed from a squad during the group stage of the Champions League, unlike outfield players. The 36-year-old Starke joins Sven Ulreich and Christian Früchtl as goalkeepers now available for selection, including for Wednesday’s match against Paris Saint-Germain. Ulreich was fairly shaky during Friday’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg, which saw him concede a disastrous free-kick goal and continue his subpar ball distribution.
Starke spent five years with Bayern as a player, making just 10 appearances as backup to Neuer. Since retiring last season, Starke has been in charge of goalkeeping at the new FC Bayern Campus, but has now re-joined the first team for both Bundesliga and European matches. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated, “Tom will be with us until Manuel returns. He’s the third-choice keeper, Christian Früchtl is second.”