When the news dropped that Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Canada, many fans were concerned with how long the talented youngster might miss.
With Lucas Hernandez also currently on the shelf after tearing his meniscus with France this summer, new manager Julian Nagelsmann would likely not even have the former Atletico Madrid star to slide to left-back.
According to Sky (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), however, Nagelsmann is not afraid to roll with young and inexperienced players — which could mean that former Reading FC full-back Omar Richards could be in line to open the season in the starting XI:
Depending on the extent of Davies and Hernández's injuries, Omar Richards could immediately start at left-back against Bremer SV and Gladbach. Julian Nagelsmann is not afraid to trust young players and Richards will have a platform to prove himself in the next test matches [Sky] pic.twitter.com/gbUTRITk5c— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 10, 2021
Should neither Davies nor Hernandez be ready in time, Richards would at least have the opportunity to ease into the XI against Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal. Bremer SV is a fifth-division club and not expected to challenge the mighty Bavarians.
Borussia Monchengladbach, however, will present a much more stiff challenge, but Die Fohlen could be going through an adjustment period under Adi Hutter, who is in his first year at the helm of the club.