After sustaining heavy bruising on the lower part of his shin from a knock he took in Bayern’s 5-2 win over Mainz, assessments from Bayern’s medical team revealed that there was nothing too serious about the injury, but Hansi Flick was expecting Gnabry back in training today.
The incident occurred when he made hard contact with Leandro Barreiro’s boot on a sliding challenge just as he was attempting a shot in Mainz’s box and he had to be helped out the pitch afterwards. Of course, it was that challenge from Barreiro that saw Bayern awarded a penalty in the 74th minute, which was converted by Robert Lewandowski for Bayern’s 4th goal of the match. Gnabry himself that he was “lucky nothing more serious happened” as a result of the challenge.
Now, Gnabry will only have one more day of training to prepare for Friday’s encounter at Borussia Monchengladbach, so it looks increasingly likely that he might not be in the lineup or, at the very least, not in the starting lineup. Surely, Flick does not want to take any unnecessary risks with him, especially with the packed fixtures schedule coming up in the rest of January into February.
On a slightly more positive note, Kingsley Coman is back fit from the thigh injury he sustained just before the brief winter-pause period in Bayern’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Coman completed today’s training session and is in contention to be involved against Monchengladbach. Flick will have to decide whether or not he’s ready to directly slot back in the starting lineup, but it would be a huge boost for Bayern with the form Coman has been in this season. Naturally, with the absence of Gnabry, Coman and Sane would presumably be the starting wingers, but Flick could choose to bring in Douglas Costa or perhaps even Jamal Musiala to start in Gnabry’s place.