Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Früchtl has suffered an injury to his elbow and will miss “several weeks” according to an announcement on the club’s @FCBayernEN Twitter account.
Früchtl, who has been rumored to potentially be a loan candidate after this season, was called to be the primary back-up to Sven Ulreich against both SC Freiburg and Heidenheim last week as Manuel Neuer was sidelined with a calf issue.
Christian #Früchtl is out for several weeks with an elbow ligament injury— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 8, 2019
Get well soon, 'keeps! #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/b3rpubukVY
As reported back on March 28th, Bayern would like to extend Fruchtl’s deal to ensure that he remains the long-term successor to Neuer, but it does not appear that Bayern’s current starter is headed anywhere soon. Given Neuer’s status, it has been speculated that Früchtl could extend his contract and subsequently be sent out on a loan where he can gain valuable experience as a starter.
The biggest question, however, is where could Früchtl go that would ensure him of gaining that type of exposure? Surely, a loan where Früchtl could become a starter is ideal, but there are no certainties on any loan assignment. Any move with such a talented and valued prospect would represent a true gamble for the Bavarians.