In the past few days, Jérôme Boateng and the rest of Bayern Munich’s star studded squad including Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies, have been at a training camp with coach Niko Kovac in Tegernsee. Today, during a “secret” closed-door training session, Bild reported that Boateng was spotted grabbing his ankle before walking off to a room at the training complex with his “favorite” physio, Christian Huhn, and team doctor Peter Ueblacker.
After around twelve minutes, the two left the treatment room with the 2014 World Cup-winning center-back, who “held his head low with a pained expression” as he walked toward a white Mercedes van that would soon take him back to the team hotel for further treatment.
Although news of the injury from Bild looked concerning, it appears, however, that Boateng is fine. Kicker now reports that he may even be able to play in tonight’s friendly versus FC Rottach-Egern. This should be a clear indicator that the injury cannot be serious.
In addition, both articles mentioned that Boateng will likely stay at Bayern for what will be his ninth season, in contrast to club president Uli Hoeness’ recommendation in May that he Boateng should leave the club. Boateng’s stay seems likely since during the preseason and in the DFL Supercup, he appeared to be above Benjamin Pavard in the pecking order. Another factor which could come into play is Bayern’s incredibly thin squad. They can’t afford to lose any more players without replacing them.
Although the defender’s future looks stark in Bayern red, Boateng has the potential to still be a top-class player. Hopefully he can return to form and stake his claim for a starting position when the season starts next week.