Thankfully for Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick has revealed that the injury Jerome Boateng sustained during the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final isn’t serious at all and that there’s no concern he’ll miss the Champions League (kicker). He said there’s “no need to worry” that Boateng will be out for a considerable spell, but he will still undergo an MRI scan just to make sure there’s nothing wrong. Bayern’s doctors want to be able to rule certain things out.
Boateng’s injury occurred in the 63rd minute when he sprawled himself out to make a vital sliding challenge facing Manuel Neuer’s goal and clear the danger. Kai Havertz had played in a low cross as Leverkusen were on the break and both Kevin Volland and Leon Bailey were lurking in the box, waiting for a tap in. It’s safe to say it most likely would’ve been a Leverkusen goal had Boateng not intervened. At the time, Bayern were leading 3-0, but Leverkusen had just started to pile on the pressure. He was replaced six minutes later by Lucas Hernandez in the 69th minute. When he was receiving treatment on the sidelines, it appeared to be the back of his left knee that was the area of concern.
Flick also jokingly added that Boateng was right in the mix when the Bayern Squad lifted him up in celebratory fashion after the trophy presentation: “When I was thrown up, he was also there. So I don’t think it [the injury] was that bad.”
For now, the Bayern players will be given 12 days off before the begin their preparations for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Chelsea. Of course, a majority of them will likely stick to their own regimes during those 12 days to stay fit. Maybe Leon Goretzka will even put on a few more pounds of muscle during the time off from official training; who knows?