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Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has ligament damage in thumb

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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng picked up a thumb injury.

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According to FCBayern.com, Jerome Boateng sustained ligament damage in this thumb and was wearing a bandage during training earlier to keep the thumb immobilized. The injury is not expected to hamper Boateng’s availability, which should allow the veteran defender to dress when Bayern Munich takes on Atletico Madrid in Champions League action on Wednesday.

Boateng has been working with Niklas Süle, David Alaba, and Lucas Hernandez as part of a center-back rotation early in the season. Manager Hansi Flick has been trying to manage each player’s game time accordingly to keep his defenders fresh during this hectic stretch.

At 32-years-old, Boateng’s resurgence under Flick has been one of most key developments since the manager took over for Niko Kovac. Boateng not only played a key role in helping Bayern Munich’s treble-winning 2019/2020 campaign, but also figures to be an integral part of this season’s effort as well.

Given his status, there is no indication whether or not Boateng will start against Atletico Madrid, but he is expected to be a part of the game-day squad.