Bad news on Bayern Munich’s injury front (what else is new?) — Marcel Sabitzer had to stop training after a nasty collision with Michael Cuisance. According to Sky’s Torben Hoffmann, the Austrian midfielder injured his arm, and had to leave training for a bit to receive treatment.
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Thankfully, Sabitzer’s locomotion was not permanently impaired, and he was able to complete a number of sprints after getting treated. However, it remains to be seen whether he will be available for Bayern’s Champions League clash against FC Barcelona in a few days. Considering Sabitzer was able to return to the pitch, Bayern fans may have a reason to be slightly hopeful, but nothing is set in stone as of now.
The same can be said for Serge Gnabry. According to Hasan Salihamidžić, “it will be close. He’s(Gnabry) been treated and is feeling better, but we have to wait and see if it’s enough (for Tuesday).” Gnabry was injured in Bayern’s 4-1 win over RB Leipzig yesterday, and had to be replaced with Jamal Musiala at the end of the first half. As of now, Gnabry’s participation against Barcelona seems slightly less likely than that of Sabitzer, but again, we’ll have to wait and see.
Now onto some good news: Bild reported that Kingsley Coman, who was left out of the Leipzig game completely due to injury, has rejoined team training and is expected to be ready for the Barcelona game. However, with Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala in the form they showed against Leipzig, it doesn’t look likely that Coman will be able to snatch a starting spot from either of them.
All in all, Bayern’s injury list is not short, but there seems to be ample room for a bit of optimism regarding Sabitzer and Gnabry. Hopefully both will be back for the trip to Spain, as Barcelona is no laughing matter, with or without Lionel Messi.