Bayern Munich suffered a major setback in the first half of their Champions League clash with Sevilla: Arturo Vidal was forced to leave the game in the 36’ minute on account of an injury. Vidal seemed to have tweaked something at kickoff, as the match commentators noted almost immediately that he was limping in the early minutes of the game.
Sale lesionado Arturo Vidal Sevilla vs Bayer M. @kingarturo23 @biobiodeportes pic.twitter.com/72DiPZyMpe— Elias Henriquez (@EHenriquezOrtiz) April 3, 2018
Thomas Müller could be seen shouting at the bench, while Vidal seemed reluctant to run. Soon thereafter, coach Jupp Heynckes gave James Rodriguez the order to warm up on the sideline. Vidal waved him off, though, and continued to play for a solid half an hour. But at last, whatever was bothering him proved too serious to ignore.
Vidal was substituted for James and accompanied off the field by Bayern's chief team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. We will update this post when we learn more about Vidal's injury. For now, Gute Besserung, King Arturo!
Update: Vidal removed for knee trouble; Bernat suffers cut
Bayern Munich published an injury report not long after the game: according to the club, Vidal was forced to bow out after aggravating a knee injury that had first struck during Bayern’s game against Dortmund on the weekend.
It also turns out that Juan Bernat’s substitution was not—at least, not entirely—a consequence of his poor performance, which resulted in the chance that allowed Sevilla to take an early 1-0 lead. Bernat suffered a deep cut on his ankle and was also forced to leave the game after the first half.