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DFL Supercup injury report: James Rodriguez questionable

It would not be a game of significance if Bayern Munich did not have at least one player on the injury list. There at least is good news for Goretzka, Gnabry and Sanches.

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ROTTACH-EGERN, GERMANY - AUGUST 06: James of Bayern Munich in action during the FC Bayern Munich Training Camp on August 6, 2018 in Rottach-Egern, Germany.
FC Bayern Munich Training Camp ROTTACH-EGERN, GERMANY - AUGUST 06: James of Bayern Munich in action during the FC Bayern Munich Training Camp on August 6, 2018 in Rottach-Egern, Germany.
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Bayern Munich love a good injury crisis when silverware is on the line, and a couple of the Bavarian’s new additions may not be 100% in time for the DFB Supercup against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

The biggest blow hit Colombian superstar James Rodriguez: James suffered a knock on the ankle during Bayern’s lopsided 20-2 friendly match against local club FC Rottach-Egern and was unable to participate in training on Friday. He is unlikely to be available on Sunday (Abendzeitung).

Fortunately, the prognosis looks good for Leon Goretzka, who will play with a cast on his hand, and Serge Gnabry. According to Bild each was injured prior to the demolition of FC Rottach-Egern.

Is was thought that Gnabry may miss out on his first chance at silverware with the Rekordmeister on account of a lingering thigh issue. This may raise some alarm bells considering Gnabry’s rocky injury record, but all signs point to a speedy recovery, since Kovac reportedly had the full squad available on Friday with the exception of James.

Goretzka, on the other hand (get it...hand) was able to take part in the friendly after suffering an injury to his right hand against Manchester United, but he has had a little trouble with basic life skills.

Leon Goretzka was still able to play with his right hand in a cast — but he can not tie his shoes properly. He was helped in Tegernsee by Joshua Kimmich.

No surprise that Kimmich is even scoring assists off the pitch!

On another positive note, Bild reports that Renato Sanches returned to full training for the first time since Die Roten’s return from the United States. Sebastian Rudy worried the training staff when he picked up a knock to his left ankle, but he was able to return without a hitch.

The DFB-star [Rudy] screamed during a training drill. He picked up an injury to his left ankle, removed with the golf cart. Coach Niko Kovac (46) briefly helped out. Afterwards Rudy could continue playing with bandage.

Rudy’s scare provided a valuable opportunity for Niko Kovac to hop into the fray and show that he still has what it takes to boss the midfield if an injury crisis were to hit.

Bayern enter the season with a relatively clean bill of health, minus a few bumps and bruises. The Bavarian giants must hope this remains the case as injury crises have become all too common in Munich during crunch time.

Who do you think should start on the wings if Gnabry is unavailable? What is your choice for CAM if James indeed is out?

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