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Injury update: Jerome Boateng leaves the pitch holding his thigh

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Dear oh dear, not an injury to another defender just before the crucial period of the season.

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Boateng limps off the pitch with the Bayern staff.
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Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng seems to become the latest addition to an ever-growing list of injured players after his substitution at the 65 minute of the game.

Boateng stretched his leg while intercepting a pass that would of put Marco Reus one on one against Manuel Neuer. This was a vital interception, but the stretch resulted in immense discomfort, after which Boateng lay on the grass for a while, holding his thigh. It is possible that he just pulled or sprained a muscle, but considering the former German international recent luck with injuries, this could well be a hamstring injury.

This would certainly be a big blow to Bayern’s squad planning and Flick’s preferred Alaba-Boateng pairing, since Boateng’s exclusion would force Niklas Süle to move out of RB back to CB, with Pavard moving into man the RB (who himself was out for weeks with an injury). There will certainly be concerns over whether Pavard would be fit in time for Bayern’s next game, but Bayern fans will be hoping he’s ready since having Sarr on the pitch just doesn’t seem to be an option.

Here’s to hoping this was just a minor knock, and that Boateng will be back soon. Stay tuned to BFW for further updates. Gute besserung, Boa!

POST GAME UPDATE

Following Bayern’s win over BVB, Flick spoke with the press briefly about Boateng’s injury. “When he went out, he said he twisted his knee,” Flick said. “We do not yet have an exact diagnosis. We’ll have to wait and see.” The earliest update on Boateng will come Sunday following scans.