“I did something to my foot just before the end,” are not the words that one wants to hear from one of two of Bayern Munich’s center-backs still standing—or rather limping. That was, however, Mats Hummels’s early diagnosis to a painful foot injury he suffered in the 86th minute of Bayern’s disastrous Bundesliga finale against VfB Stuttgart.
Hummels made a tactical foul on Stuttgart’s Anastasios Donis on the sideline. Donis almost singlehandedly eviscerated Bayern’s defense yesterday, delivering a man-of-the-match performance with his astonishing speed and rewarding Stuttgart with a goal and an assist. When he received yet another chance to blitz Bayern’s defense, Hummels had no choice but to take him out and receive a yellow card.
As Bayern’s final game of the season, the DFB-Pokal final, lies ahead next week and the World Cup itself now looms on the horizon, a serious injury is the very last thing that Hummels needed to take away from a meaningless loss (meaningless, at least for Bayern!).
We have to look at it more closely. We hope that it’s nothing major, nothing serious. But it really hurts. We’ll have to see how it develops. I hurt myself somehow. How exactly, I don’t know.
Bayern play Eintracht Frankfurt at the DFB-Pokal final in Berlin next Saturday, May 19. Germany is scheduled to begin its preparations for the World Cup just four days later, May 23, and coach Joachim Löw will announce his preliminary squad on Tuesday.
Update: Not seriously injured
Mats Hummels humorously set our fears to rest with a tweet in the evening in Germany:
Bad news: still played yesterday— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) May 13, 2018
Good news: the foot is not seriously injured and i am/we are looking forward to play much better at the cup final next week