Bayern Munich and Germany have just been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Champions League and World Cup glory this year respectively.
According to Sport Bild, Jerome Boateng is set to miss 4-6 weeks due to a muscular injury in his thigh that he picked up in the first half of Bayern’s 2:1 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Should the timeframe be accurate, it would mean the defender will miss the rest of the Bayern season, and his World Cup participation would also be in doubt.
The 29-year-old defender had to come off after carrying the ball through the attacking and midfield lines of Madrid. It looked as though the injury happened on the last step he took before passing the ball. He was replaced by Niklas Süle.
Boateng is an integral part of both Bayern and the national team, and the partnership he has formed with Mats Hummels has been a large part of both teams’ success over the last half decade.
This is not the first time Baoteng has missed time due to a thigh injury. He spent most of last summer recovering from a thigh injury as well, and also injured his thigh during the Euro 2016 semifinal, which Germany lost 2:0 to France, the host of the tournament.
Niklas Süle will most likely play in his place for Bayern for the remainder of the season. While the young defender did well after coming on for Boateng yesterday, it leaves Bayern extremely thin at center back, with Javi Martinez being the only one who can really play there outside of Boateng, Süle, and Hummels.
We’ll have more on this as it develops.