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David Alaba receives MRI on left knee; Salihamidzic criticizes Eintracht

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Bayern Munich’s starting left-back David Alaba was helped off the field ten minutes before the end of the DFL Supercup after an unnecessarily hard foul.


FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 12: David Alaba of Bayern Munich controls the ball during the DFL Supercup 2018 match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Muenchen at Commerzbank-Arena on August 12, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

A completely unnecessary foul by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Danny da Costa forced Bayern Munich’s star left-back and Austrian international David Alaba to leave the match in the 79th minute injured. Bayern finished the game with ten men.

“It’s a downer,” said Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, speaking to ZDF after the match (TZ). He added,

We still don’t know exactly what it is. He took a knock on the knee. I really hope that nothing serious has happened.

Alaba himself seems to have feared the worst. He was reportedly devastated in the locker room and had to be consoled. Both TZ and Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg report that Salihamidzic stated Alaba would undergo an MRI immediately Sunday night. The results have not yet been divulged.

Concern over David Alaba! The Austrian suffered an injury to his left knee. Had to be consoled in the locker room. Brazzo confirmed just now: an MRI today! Also said: ‘I feel bad for him. Played a super game. Hope that it’s nothing bad.’”

A post-match Instagram post by Franck Ribery revealed the Austrian already wearing heavy bandages on his left knee.

David Alaba’s bandaged left knee appears in Franck Ribery’s Instagram post. Alaba, wearing a jacket and carrying a bag, seems about to leave the locker room.
franckribery7 on Instagram

Salihamidzic criticized Eintracht roundly after the match: “Frankfurt’s style of play was not acceptible,” he commented. Since Niko Kovac had already used all three substitutions, Bayern played the final minutes of the match with ten men, scoring a fifth goal against Eintracht in the 85th minute.