Injuries have been hitting Bayern Munich’s squad hard lately (Yikes...the amount of times I’ve read that sentence in the past 11-12 years). After losing Lucas Hernández during France’s first match of the World Cup, and captain Manuel Neuer’s tragic ski accident, Matthijs de Ligt (ankle) and striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (cold) were added to the list of injuries and ailments during the team’s training camp in Doha, Qatar.
Hasan Salihamidžić confirms that Matthijs de Ligt will be available against Leipzig next week: "He's only rested for two days. What I can say at 100% is that he will be there next week against Leipzig. We're looking at how he's feeling from day to day" [@_kochmaximilian] pic.twitter.com/fZ6E3MR0aZ— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 12, 2023
This is tremendous news for an already thin backline, which will have to be on point in order to have a good Bundesliga restart and to also attempt to contain PSG’s offensive line in the Champions League in a month’s time.
Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, and Daley Blind figure to be the other options available at center-back for the second half of the season, while Josip Stanišić can also fill in when needed as well.