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Injury Update: Rummenigge says Pavard may only miss Chelsea match

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This would be a huge boost for Bayern’s Champions League campaign if true.

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Per a new report from kicker, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Benjamin Pavard may only miss the second leg against Chelsea in the Champions League. The French defender recently sustained a ligament injury in his left ankle during a training session, and it was initially reported that he’d be sidelined for at least three to four weeks, which meant he’d likely miss the rest of Bayern’s Champions League campaign. This was reported by French outlet L’Equipe, among others.

Per the new kicker report, though, Rummenigge said in an interview with Sky t.v that he thinks Pavard could only miss the upcoming Chelsea match:

I think and am optimistic that Benji will miss only the game against Chelsea and after that will be available again, if we make it. It would only affect one game. Pavard played a good season, perhaps even a very good one.

For complete context, Rummenigge was responding to a question about Hansi Flick’s need to alter his back line to deal with Pavard’s absence. The general consensus is that Flick will move Joshua Kimmich from midfield to right-back for the second leg against Chelsea. But Rummenigge is optimistic that Pavard will be back on time for the next round of the competition when Bayern face either Barcelona or SSC Napoli.

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