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Corentin Tolisso tears ACL, Rafinha suffers ankle ligament damage

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Terrible news for the two Bayern Munich players injured against Bayer Leverkusen.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 15: Corentin Tolisso (bottomL) of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts on the pitch injured of Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on September 15, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 15: Corentin Tolisso (bottomL) of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts on the pitch injured of Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on September 15, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
(Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern)

Following Bayern Munich’s 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, the club received some news regarding the injuries to both Corentin Tolisso and Rafinha. That news is pretty devastating, and it seems that the injury bug has already infected Bayern just three games into the Bundesliga season.

Tolisso’s knee injury is in “worst possible scenario” territory. The club has confirmed that the World Cup champion midfielder has suffered a torn ACL and is expected to be out for “several months”. This is terrible news for Tolisso, as he was finally rounding into full fitness following his extended break following the World Cup Final. His absence is easier for Bayern to absorb thanks to the depth in the central midfield, but it’s still a blow.

As for Rafinha, the fullback’s ankle injury is being described as “ligament damage” and he will be out of action for “a number of weeks”. Following the sale of Juan Bernat, Rafinha has been the only backup at both fullback positions for Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba. It will be interesting to see what Niko Kovac plans to do until Rafinha is back.

While they didn’t dress against Leverkusen, both Mats Hummels and Leon Goretzka were held out for precautionary reasons with the knocks they brought back from the international break.

Let’s hope the injury bug leaves Bayern at some point this season.