With Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies already out, Bayern Munich can ill-afford too many more injuries this summer.
The injury gods, however, had other ideas for the Bavarians.
On Saturday, we found out that Marc Roca suffered a ligament tear in his ankle, but now we know the extent of how long the Spaniard will be sidelined (kicker via Twitter account @iMiaSanMia):
Marc Roca's ankle injury will keep him sidelined for up to 8 weeks [Kicker] pic.twitter.com/7bkT8GSk1W— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 18, 2021
Bayern Munich’s youth players are not exempt from the wrath of those aforementioned injury gods either. Christopher Scott and Taylor Booth both left Saturday’s friendly against FC Köln with previously undisclosed ailments.
Per Sport1, Booth and Scott have “muscular problems”:
As reported by several media outlets, Christopher Scott and Taylor Booth suffer from “muscular problems”, which is why they had to go down early in Julian Nagelsmann’s debut (2:3).
Sport1 also reiterated that manager Julian Nagelsmann sees Scott as a potential candidate to play right-back. Last season, Bayern Munich toyed with the idea of turning another speedy and talented youngster into a right-back as well, but the position transition never materialized for Leon Dajaku:
In this position, Nagelsmann would like a player type who resembles Alphonso Davies on the left: fast, strong on the defensive and with a lot of pull forward. Due to the already thin staffing levels, the loss of talent also hurts.
“It will be difficult how we can get through there until we integrate the national team. We have three injuries (Roca, Hernández, Davies, editor’s note), that is not ideal. We now have one more training week and then one Week with three tests with this squad,” said Nagelsmann.
Still with over a week until the international player return, Nagelsmann had better keep his fingers crossed the rest of the roster stays fit.