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Report: Ron-Thorben Hoffmann suffers knee injury

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Bayern Munich’s third string goalkeeper injured his knee over the weekend.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Bayern Munich are set to be without third string goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann for a few weeks, according to a report from Bild. Hoffmann suffered a knee injury while warming up during Bayern’s 4-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Bild says that Hoffmann's injury is similar to Joshua Kimmich’s knee injury from the fall, where he missed six weeks following surgery. Hoffmann is expected to have the same surgery. With Alexander Nübel returning from his own injury, it is expected that he will just slide right back into his backup role with the first team.

Hoffmann has been in the squad for 12 first team matches this season (mostly due to Nübel’s injury) while picking up 18 starts for Bayern II down in the 3.Liga.

Hoffmann took over the starting role from Christian Früchtl with Bayern II at the end of their championship winning campaign last season, and with Früchtl’s loan to Nürnberg to start this season, Hoffmann solidified his spot as the number one for reserves. Following Nübel’s injury, however, Hoffmann stepped up to the first team as Manuel Neuer’s backup for the last few months.