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Bad news: Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has a torn hamstring

Veteran defender Jerome Boateng has a torn hamstring, but no timetable for a return has been set by Bayern Munich.

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via Getty Images

Bayern Munich released a statement this morning via its website detailing that veteran center-back Jerome Boateng suffered a torn hamstring in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The news release did not provide much detail about the severity of the injury, but it does not sound as if the injury will require surgery at this stage. Like any professional club or team, Bayern Munich kept details surrounding the specifics of the injury very vague:

(Boateng) suffered a torn muscle fiber in his right rear thigh. This was the result of an examination on Monday by the association doctors Prof. Dr. Peter Ueblacker and Dr. Jochen Hahne. The center-back will be completing a rehab program created by the record champions’ medical department while on vacation.

The injury comes at a tough time for Boateng, who rejuvenated his career under Hansi Flick. Boateng played a vital role in stabilizing the defense under Flick and filling in for the injured Niklas Sule. Ironically, it was a newly healthy Sule, who successfully replaced Boateng in the final against PSG when the 31-year-old left the game with his hamstring injury.

BFW Analysis

While it is never easy to speculate at the severity of an injury, it does not seem as if Bayern Munich is overly concerned. Depending on the extent of the damage, a hamstring injury can keep an athlete out of actions for days (if diagnosed as a Grade 1 — sprain/minor tear), weeks (Grade 2 — major tear), or even months (Grade 3 — complete tear).

Given his improved performance in 2019/2020 and the condensed schedule that Bayern Munich will face, it might behoove the club to keep Boateng for at least another year to help deal with the wear and tear that the roster will accrue during the 2020/2021 season even if he will miss a portion of the start of the season.

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