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Injury Update: Serge Gnabry continues to train individually due to muscular injury

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Gnabry’s inclusion against Stuttgart is in doubt as he continues to struggle with a muscular problem

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JANUARY 18: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern Muenchen on the bench during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Bayern Muenchen at PreZero-Arena on January 18, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga SINSHEIM, GERMANY - JANUARY 18: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern Muenchen on the bench during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Bayern Muenchen at PreZero-Arena on January 18, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany.
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Serge Gnabry has continued to train individually due to a muscular injury. The winger suffered a thigh injury during Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig back in the end of December and since then, has only featured in a brief cameo in the 3-1 win over Hoffenheim after he’d replaced Kingsley Coman in the 73rd minute.

Per Bild and the club’s official Twitter account, it’s unclear whether or not this current muscular problem has anything to do with the thigh injury he sustained last month, which forced him to miss out on Bayern’s final game of the Hinrunde against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Initially, Gnabry was only expected to miss the Frankfurt match and was slated to start against Hoffenheim, so there was some room for concern when he only started from the bench and played a mere 17 minutes (plus stoppage time).

Bayern have had some bad luck in the past with rushing players back from injury prematurely, so hopefully Gnabry’s muscular problem isn’t too serious and his thigh problem hasn’t been exacerbated because it’s something he’s struggled with off and on this season in addition to his adductors.

Fortunately for Niko Kovac, Bayern will have 8 days of rest, training, and preparation in between their win against Hoffenheim and their next match against VfB Stuttgart, which gives the medical and training staff plenty of time to monitor Gnabry’s situation. There’s absolutely no need to rush him back too early, especially with how productive he’s been as of late, having scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists from his last 8 matches across all competitions.