This is not good news: Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka made his return to training today, but it was also revealed that the Germany international is battling a hip problem, which cut his session short after just 30 minutes.
Sky journalist Torben Hoffmann first reported the news from the session earlier today:
The information from that point, however, just got worse:
Leon Goretzka had to cut training short after around 30 minutes and went into the dressing room. The midfielder remains a doubt for Saturday's game in Dortmund [Bild] pic.twitter.com/U0XxJ8hyiq— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 2, 2021
According to Abendzeitung, Goretzka’s exit from Saturday’s match against Arminia Bielefeld had nothing to do with his performance, but everything to do with his hip:
Goretzka had recently struggled with hip problems and had to be replaced early in the last home game against Arminia Bielefeld (1-0). It is not known whether his absence on Wednesday was related to the hip injury.
Should Goretzka be unable to play, it looks like Julian Nagelsmann would lean toward using Corentin Tolisso and Jamal Musiala in the central midfield. Joshua Kimmich and Marcel Sabitzer are both already ruled out and Marc Roca would likely be considered a deep reserve at this point.
In other great news:
- While Tanguy Nianzou returned to training, but Bouna Sarr and Michal Cuisance did not practice:
Tanguy Nianzou resumed full training today after recovering from his shoulder problem - Josip Stanišić, Bouna Sarr and Mickaël Cuisance are struggling with injuries and did not train with the team [Bild] pic.twitter.com/XkzSsCiZmv— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 2, 2021
- Why didn’t we address the part about Josip Stanisic from above? Well...he needed his own bullet point here as he will miss several games with with a torn thigh muscle.