Thomas Müller has been a man on a mission ever since Hansi Flick took charge of Bayern Munich. The Bavarian native has been one of the club’s most consistent performers and has tallied 4 goals and 8 assists in the Bundesliga since Niko Kovac’s dismissal. There is another, often overlooked statistic in his performances, too: Müller is one of the few players at Bayern who almost always remains injury free, much to the amazement of head team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Arjen Robben once jokingly described Muller as just “skin and bones” and said that he never got injured because he had no muscles, but Müller-Wohlfahrt argues that there is more to it than that. Muller, he said, is a “phenomenon,” whose special abilities help him avoid dangerous situations that cause significant injuries (AZ):
Thomas is a phenomenon. The fact that Müller does not get injured has to do with his speed and anticipation in duels.
For a player who never shies away from putting his body on the line, it’s all the more impressive that Müller has played through the past two seasons without an injury and has only missed a staggering total of just 14 games in 12 Bundesliga seasons.
He was, of course, benched by Niko Kovac for the better part of the Hinrunde, but even if he had played more minutes during that time, his track record suggests he still would not have picked up an injury. Müller suffer a torn muscle fiber back in February 2013 and he a muscle injury 2017 that caused him to miss a few matches.
As far as injuries are concerned, Joshua Kimmich is one of the only players in the squad who comes anywhere close to Müller. Kimmich has only missed 3 matches through injury for Bayern, although he hasn’t played anywhere near as long as Müller has.