FC Bayern’s injury woes have just gotten worse. After losing stalwart Niklas Süle to a ruptured ACL last week, fellow starting defenseman Lucas Hernandez has come down with a partially ruptured deltoid ligament on the inner side of his right ankle in Bayern Munich’s Champions League match Tuesday vs Olympiacos. According to the official statement, Lucas Hernandez will be unavailable for the following weeks.
ℹ️ Injury update#FCBayern will be without @LucasHernandez for the coming weeks. @Javi8martinez and @SergeGnabry haven't picked up serious injuries.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 23, 2019
Get well soon, Lucas! ☘️#ComebackStronger #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/wsRAl8SuvI
While there is no definitive time frame, per Bild+ (paywall), Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for approximately seven to eight weeks, which means his 2019 season is over. The earliest we could see him in a Bayern kit would be after the winter break.
This is devastating news to Bayern, who were already dealing with questions regarding their defense and will now have to do without two of their starting center-backs. What Bayern will do in the upcoming transfer window remains to be seen, but perhaps this is the opportunity Lukas Lars Mai has been waiting for. We at BFW wish Lucas Hernandez a speedy recovery and eagerly await his healthy return.
Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry cleared
There is at least good news about the two other players who were subbed off in Piraeus: Javi Martinez remained in the locker room at halftime but has suffered only a case of muscle hardening. Serge Gnabry took a knock to the leg. Both of them will reduce their training regimen slightly in the coming days but should be fine.