The miniature summer break is over, but the time in which Bayern had no injured players at all did not last long. Trainer Hansi Flick vividly described on Sunday how Benjamin Pavard suffered an ankle injury. He wanted to block a flank in training, the foot was in the air without tension, as Flick diagnosed.
The Frenchman got the ball on his toes, the joint was “snapped”, according to his trainer. Ligament injury to the left tarsus was the diagnosis, the 2018 world champion is out of all tactical considerations for the time being. The training ground had been jam-packed before. 27 field players, four goalkeepers, plus teaching and catering staff, had flocked to Flick during his first speech after a two-week break between the end of the Bundesliga and the restart of the Champions League.
Already on August 8, Bayern are in this season stretched by the virus for the catch-up round of 16 second leg against Chelsea (first leg 3: 0). In order to keep all the kicking staff busy, Flick used alternative exercises: he played a nine-player tournament with three teams. Then on Friday, at the Munich test match in front of empty ranks against Olympique Marseille, Flick wants to put his “cut”: From then on, Bayern will move in the Champions League mode and only take those players with them who play for the Chelsea game and hoped to participate in the following final tournament in Lisbon (12th to 23rd August).
Leroy Sané sprints in training with Bayern
That means: All additions – including Manchester City-bound Leroy Sané, who cheerfully sprinted on Sunday, Frenchman Tanguy Nianzou and goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, who was brought in from Schalke – will be trained on the sidelines; they may not be used in the premier class.
The recovered Niklas Süle (“is 100 percent”), on the other hand, is a candidate, as are David Alaba and Thiago, shouldn’t do anything faster than expected with them in terms of exchange. And also Philippe Coutinho, who returns to FC Barcelona after the tournament, but will not stay there. The Brazilian’s future is uncertain. According to media reports, Barça is struggling to find a buyer for the artist with a huge salary. So Coutinho has to play in Lisbon, ideally of course: in very good shape.