Bayern Munich has already experienced a handful of injuries to their squad this season and matters were made worse in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen. Only 19 minutes into the match, Lucas Hernandez had to be replaced by Leon Goretzka after suffering a pelvic bruise.
The incident occurred when Bremen’s Theodor Gebre Selassie slightly sipped on the pitch when trying to close Hernandez down in Bayern’s defensive third and clattered into the French defender, causing him to land very awkwardly. Hernandez was helped for a few moments by physios on the pitch, tried to carry on briefly, but was unable to continue due to the amount of pain he was in.
Per a report from Tz, Hernandez remains a doubt for Bayern’s mid-week Champions League clash against RB Salzburg, whom the French international opened his scoring account for Bayern against earlier this month in Austria. Speaking after the draw against Bremen, Hansi Flick said, “It is possible that he is in question. We will not take any risks [vs. Salzburg].” He continued by saying “we have to be creative” if Hernandez is not able to play Wednesday.
Flick still has the option of using Bouna Sarr at left back if he’s fit and available midweek, but he could also do what he did after Hernandez came off against Bremen with Javi Martinez going to center back, pushing David Alaba out to left back. It will all depend on whether or not Hernandez is okay to go or not, but Flick certainly will not want to take any unnecessary risks an injuries are mounting.
On a slightly more positive note from Bayern’s injury front, Corentin Tolisso resumed running on the pitch at Sabener Strasse earlier today. He was called up by Didier Deschamps to the French National Team for the international break, but he withdrew from Les Bleus’s squad due to a muscular problem. He was left out of the squad to face Bremen by Flick as a precaution, so the Salzburg match could be ideal for his return, assuming he’s fit and ready to go.
Running on the pitch without any issues was certainly a step in the right direction:
Immerhin auch schon wieder Tempoläufe. #tolisso pic.twitter.com/VeTMVAu9zL— Heiko Niedderer (@itstheicebird) November 22, 2020