Following a disappointing draw against Nurnberg, Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac faced the media in his post-game press conference. In it, he explained that the reason why James Rodriguez was subbed off just 15 minutes after coming on was because the Colombian was experiencing problems with his calf. Alphonso Davies was the man who came on in his stead.
Here’s the quote in question:
Niko #Kovac nach #FCNFCB: „Nürnberg hat uns das Leben von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute schwer gemacht. Wir müssen das jetzt schnell abhaken und die nächsten 3 Spiele gewinnen.“— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 28, 2019
Zu @jamesdrodriguez: „Er hatte Probleme an der Wade und da wollten wir kein Risiko eingehen.“ pic.twitter.com/UFGD3Lbw36
Niko Kovac after #FCNFCB: “Nürnberg made live difficult for us from the first minute to the last. We have to move on from it quickly and win the next three games.”
>About James Rodriguez: “He had problems with his calf and we didn’t want to take any risks”
The James substitution was a huge blow to the Bavarians, who were already lacking creativity and looked desperate for an equalizer. With James injured and Thomas Muller subbed off (at half time for Serge Gnabry), Bayern lacked their two biggest weapons in attacking midfield, which helped Nurnberg immensely.
During the game, many speculated that something had happened between the coach and the player, because James seemed to walk off the pitch without any discomfort. However, the Colombian has been suffering from recurrent calf injuries this season, and it’s understandable that the team management did not want to risk him any further, even if he was the lone bright spark in the Bayern offense.
Hopefully, it’s a minor injury and James won’t be sidelined any longer than he needs to be.