Next Bayern setback – de Ligt’s failure shows major weakness in the squad

FC Bayern not only lost the cup game 2-1 on Wednesday evening, but apparently also lost Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutchman suffered a knee injury and was substituted. According to current media reports, the 24-year-old is at risk of being out for weeks.

Things have been anything but smooth for Matthijs de Ligt at FC Bayern in the last few months. The Dutchman missed large parts of the summer preparation due to a persistent calf injury. After his return, the former regular place was gone.

At the end of September, the defender suffered a bruised knee and was out for almost three weeks. The central defender first celebrated his comeback in mid-October and is now in danger of being out again for weeks. De Ligt suffered another knee injury in yesterday’s cup defeat at 1. FC Saarbrücken (1:2). Particularly bitter from Bayern’s perspective: the right knee is affected again: “It’s the same knee again, the same capsule. It’s very painful. We have to wait. We’re hoping it’s nothing structural and that no ligaments are affected. But we have to wait and see,” explained the FCB coach after the game.

De Ligt’s injury comes at the wrong time – the central defense is too thin

De Ligt will be examined further after his return to Munich. As “SPORT1” reporter Kerry Hau reports, the defender is threatened with a “several week absence”. This means that the 24-year-old would not only miss the upcoming Bundesliga top game against Borussia Dortmund next weekend, but also the Champions League duel against Galatasaray Istanbul (8.11).

Thomas Tuchel will most likely have to improvise again on defense. The record champions’ central defense is very thin. Dayot Upamecano is currently in rehab training following his muscle injury. It remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will be ready for action again by the top game against BVB. Joshua Kimmich had to help out in central defense against Saarbrücken.

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