There’s bad news for reigning German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as the club had learned that key defender Holger Badstuber could be sidelined for the next several weeks. The 25-year-old suffered a thigh injury in his side’s 2-0 win over Vfb Stuttgart on September 13 and had to limp off of the pitch. It’s another setback for the player and the team as Badstuber had just recently returned to action with the first team after missing 20 months due to a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
It’s believed that Badstuber has partially torn or torn his left thigh ligaments this time and it will also require surgery to repair the damage. The centre-back is naturally downbeat after his latest injury, but claimed that he’ll come back as soon as possible and hopes to be stronger than ever. He told the German media, “Of course I’m very disappointed at the moment, but I’ve learned how to cope with this type of situation. I’ll be back soon and will pick up where I left off after my long injury lay-off. I won’t give up!”
Badstuber seemed to be in good shape and had started all of his team’s three league games this season. However, things turned sour for him in the 43rd minute of Bayern’s home game against Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena. Manager Pepe Guardiola will now have to play without several key players when the European Champions League kicks off this week. The 2012/13 tournament winners will be hosting English Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening group stage game on Wednesday September 17.
It’s believed that Mehdi Benatia may replace Badstuber in the lineup until the German international is ready to return to action. Benatia was acquired from Italian Serie A club Roma during the recent summer transfer window.