Spanish international goalkeeper Pepe Reina of German Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich will be sidelined for several weeks with a left calf injury. Reina suffered the injury during a friendly against a dream team from Paulaner on October 6. The match was against amateurs and was held in Unterhaching, with Bayern coming out on top by a score of 5-1. Reina joined Bayern Munich during the recent summer transfer window as the number two keeper behind regular starter Manuel Neuer.
The 32-year-old Reina has yet to play in a competitive match with Bayern Munich after moving to Germany from Liverpool of the English Premier League. The club released a message on its official Twitter account which said, “Pepe Reina has suffered a serious calf muscle injury. Our goalkeeper will be out of action for a number of weeks. Get well soon, Pepe.”
It’s believed that Tom Starke, Bayern’s third choice keeper, will take Reina’s position in the squad until he can return to action. The team’s next match will be at home at the Allianz Arena on October 18 when they take on Werder Bremen. Most European leagues are now shut down until later in the month due to as international break for Euro 2016 qualifying games.
Reina is the son of former Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona goalkeeper Miguel Reina. He kicked off his career with Barcelona’s youth squad and debuted for the senior side in the 2000/01 campaign. He then joined fellow Spanish club Villarreal in 2002. Reina was on the move again in 2005 when he joined Liverpool. He won several trophies with the Merseyside team, but failed to capture the European champions League in the 2006/07 season when the Reds were beaten by A.C. Milan of the Italian Serie A.
Reina played for eight years with Liverpool before being loaned to Italian club Napoli for the 2013/14 term where he helped them win the 2014 Italian Cup. Reina played with his homeland’s youth team and debuted for the Spanish senior side in 2005. He made the squad for the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and has made 33 appearances for Spain.