Earlier this morning, an image coming out of FC Bayern’s winter camp in Doha showed Serge Gnabry not participating in team training with a bandaged right leg:
#Flick erklärt die #Gnabry-Verletzung: „Er hat Achillessehnenprobleme. Heute Morgen im Lauftraining hat er aufhören müssen. Man muss da aufpassen und das sehr ernst nehmen.“ Wie lange Gnabry ausfällt, sei derzeit unklar. @Abendzeitung #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/nobc6Ico6j— Maximilian Koch (@Koch_AZ) January 5, 2020
Shortly after this image circulated out of Doha, Hansi Flick confirmed in his press conference that Serge Gnabry had indeed suffered an Achilles injury earlier that day whilst running.
#Flick: "@SergeGnabry has an issue with his Achilles tendon. He had to stop today's running session early. We have to take that very seriously and hope that he returns soon."#FCBayern pic.twitter.com/6lQ3xYXhRo— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 5, 2020
While it does not seem to be super serious (I.e torn Achilles), it is still a concerning injury given the 1. location of the injury and 2. Gnabry’s importance to this club.
That being said, there is some positives to report from out first day in Doha and that is Lucas Hernandez completed team training for the first time in almost 2 and 1⁄2 months.
As a whole, this seems to be another year of a literal “A leg for a leg” in which we get one player back from injury to almost immediately lose another one to a different injury. Hopefully Gnabry is a being treated with a bit of precaution and is nothing long term, and welcome back Lucas Hernandez!