According to a report by Florian Plettenberg, Leon Goretzka will not be joining Bayern Munich in the US pre-season tour and will be staying back at Munich. He has not trained in the meantime and will not be featuring Bayern’s fixtures against DC United and Manchester City.
This has to do with a problem in his left knee for which he has undergone surgery. The player will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, putting his availability for the early part of the season in doubt.
Information #Goretzka: Not good news ... He was operated! Left knee. 6-8 weeks break. Get well soon! @SkySportDE @Sky_Torben— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 18, 2022
Goretzka’s physical status has also caused worry among the Bayern higher-ups, who are now pushing for Konrad Laimer’s transfer from RB Leipzig. For now, his injury means that the onus of starting as Kimmich’s midfield partner falls on Marcel Sabitzer or Ryan Gravenberch.
This is also probably a good time to look at Goretzka’s injury history. The sheer number of games he’s missed over the past two seasons is concerning.
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Leon Goretzka was injured and will be sidelined over the course of the US tour.
The FC Bayern medical department found an abnormality in the German international’s left knee, which was removed arthroscopically this Monday. The surgery went according to plan and was successful.
Wishing Goretzka a speedy recovery!
Erfolgreicher Eingriff am Knie: #FCBayern auf US-Tour ohne @leongoretzka_.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) July 18, 2022
Alle Infos: https://t.co/U2SiEi87Vq
Interestingly, the topic of Goretzka’s prolonged absences came up in our latest podcast episode. We discussed the fallout of Robert Lewandowski’s transfer to FC Barcelona, covering everything including potential lineups, remaining transfers, and expectations for Nagelsmann and the team. Listen to it below or at this link.
Be sure to bully Schnitzel for bringing it up and manifesting an injury. Also, if you guys like what you hear, PLEASE vote for us on the World Soccer Talk — Best Club Podcast award. Go on that page and vote for Bavarian Football Works. We cannot lose to a Spurs pod!