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Injury Update: Niklas Sule experiencing knee edema

This a minor speed bump for Sule, who will have to take it easy for a few weeks now.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Niklas Sule has hit a minor speed bump in his road to full recovery from his cruciate ligament injury. Per a new report from Bild, the center back is suffering from edema in his left knee and will now have to take a break from full training for a few weeks as a precaution. Edema occurs when there’s a buildup of fluid to an affected area and it causes swelling and discomfort. It often times happens in injury areas, especially large joints like the knee as a response to the progressive workload that steadily increases in intensity as the recovery process goes on.

Sule had been doing incredibly well with his recovery after sustaining the cruciate ligament tear back in October. He had been recovering ahead of schedule and he even recently said that the team doctors had never seen a recovering knee not swell up; perhaps they spoke too prematurely. Still, though, the pressure was taken off of him when the European Championships were postponed until 2021 and he still has plenty of time to make sure he’s fully recovered.

After weeks of individual training on the grass at Sabener Strasse and beginning to do some ball work, Sule was on course to resume full team training. This past Thursday, Sule joined the small group warm-up with Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Fiete Arp, and Leon Dajaku, which was the first time he’d done so after weeks of training on his own with the physios. Of course, it normally would’ve been the whole squad, but Bayern, along with all other Bundesliga clubs, is following the strict social distancing guidelines during sessions. The training staff held Sule from Friday’s training session after noticing the fluid buildup in his knee.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Moving forward, the center back will now focus on doing light work and exercises with the physios in the performance center at Sabener Strasse for at least the next couple of weeks. Bayern’s medical department might also decide to do an MRI scan just to make sure nothing else is wrong and being able to avoid any sort of complications on aggravation.

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