The German national team has begun their preparations for the European Championships in Seefeld, Austria and Champions League final participants Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, and Ilkay Gundogan will be joining the team soon. Naturally, Joachim Low has given those players extra time to rest after their excursions in Porto, Portugal. Among the eight Bayern Munich players that were selected in Low’s 26-man roster for the Euros is 18-year old starlet Jamal Musiala, but he’s yet to have completed a full team session.
Per a report from Sport1, Musiala has only completed individual sessions at Die Mannschaft’s camp in Seefeld because he is dealing with a slight hip injury. More specifically, press spokesperson for the DFB Jens Grittner said on Sunday in a press conference that Musiala was dealing with “slight muscular problems in the left thigh.” On Friday and Saturday, he worked one on one with fitness trainer Nicklas Dietrich, running laps around the pitch and getting his muscles worked on.
Apparently, there is more cause for concern now for Musiala. On Friday, when he was feeling the problem in his thigh, he was taken out of the training session merely as a precaution as to not unnecessarily aggravate the issue, or anything else, for that matter. When he was running laps around the main team’s sessions on Saturday, his body language didn’t bode well as his head was drooped in noticeable frustration. He doesn’t seem entirely sure when he’ll be able to resume full sessions and Grittner went on to describe his situation for now as “day to day.”
Musiala clocked 29 minutes in Bayern’s 5-2 win over Augsburg on the final match day of the season last weekend, coming on as a substitute for Kingsley Coman. He didn’t sustain any injuries in that brief appearance, so the problem must’ve occurred at some point between then and arriving in Austria for Die Mannschaft camp. Regardless, the hip issue comes at a difficult time for Musiala, especially since he’s unsure of when, exactly, he’ll be fully fit. Germany has upcoming tune-up friendlies against Denmark (June 2nd) and Latvia (June 7th), both of which are to played at Tivoli Neu in Innsbruck, Austria. For those friendlies, it would offer an excellent opportunity for Low to get a look at Musiala since there would be room to experiment with the squad a bit, given that they’re both friendlies. Hopefully he’ll be fully fit by next week and will be able to clock some minutes in either one, or both of the friendlies ahead of Germany’s opening Euro 2020 match against France at the Allianz Arena.