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.
Sorgen um @David_Alaba! Der Österreicher zog sich eine Verletzung am linken Knie zu. Musste in der Kabine aufgebaut werden. @Brazzo bestätigte eben: Heute noch MRT! Sagte auch: „Es tut mir leid für ihn. Hat ein super Spiel gemacht. Hoffen, dass es nichts Schlimmes ist.“ @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 12, 2018
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.
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.