The injury bug has once again come back to bite Bayern Munich. Per a release from the club official website, Serge Gnabry suffered a muscle injury in last night’s Club World Cup win against Tigres UANL. The 25-year-old started the finale in midfield, before coming off for Frenchman Corentin Tolisso at the 65-minute mark.
After returning to Munich this morning, the Germany International underwent an examination conducted by the club’s medical team. The result of the diagnosis revealed that he has suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left thigh. Here’s the official release:
FC Bayern will have to do without Serge Gnabry for the foreseeable. The forward tore a muscle in his left thigh in yesterday’s 1-0 triumph in the FIFA Club World Cup final against Tigers UANL. The injury was confirmed following an examination by the FC Bayern medical unit. Gnabry has played in 28 of 32 competitive matches so far this season and scored six goals.
The report didn’t mention the exact length of the recovery period. However, it is the same injury vice-captain Thomas Muller suffered back in 2017 that kept him out for three weeks, forcing him to miss seven games in the process.
With Gnabry injured and Muller recovering from COVID-19, coach Hansi Flick will have to manage without two important members of his team for the time being. Leroy Sane is the most likely candidate to fill-in for the right-wing spot, although replacing Chef Gnabry, irrespective of his erratic form, will still be a challenging task ahead of the club’s UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie with Lazio.
Here’s to hoping he returns in time for the second leg. Wishing Serge a speedy recovery!