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Lars Lukas Mai suffers serious ankle injury in training

After injuring his ankle, the young Bayern Munich defender had to be driven off the pitch on a golf cart.

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

A day removed from Bayern Munich’s 1-0 triumph in Dortmund, injury struck the team yet again on the training pitch back home in Munich. Lars Lukas Mai, who accompanied the team to Dortmund but did not play, appeared to suffer a serious injury after rolling his ankle in Wednesday’s training session (90min).

Mai apparently rolled his right ankle and was in visible pain. The ankle was wrapped in think bandages on the pitch before Mai was driven off disheartened on a golf car. 90min speculates, probably rightly, that Mai may have suffered ligament damage.

Bild adds that the injury occurred when Mai caught his foot on the pitch and twisted his ankle while challenging Michael Cuisance in the concluding practice game. Hansi Flick and fitness coach Holger Broich bandaged Mai themselves, since a team doctor was not present at the moment.

To most Bayern fans, Kingsley Coman’s recurrent syndesmosis injuries no doubt come to mind.

Although Mai has not yet played for the first team this year, he regularly features on the squad as a backup and trains with the first team, where he will be missed. His absence will be a far greater blow to FC Bayern II, where the 20-year-old is a valuable starter in central defense.

The 3.Liga is set to resume at the end of this week, on May 30. Now head coach Sebastian Hoeness will have to choose an alternative to Mai to partner with American Chris Richards. Mai has played 2.160’ minutes this season, the third-most behind keeper Christian Früchtl and star striker Kwasi “Otschi” Wriedt.

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