Leon Goretzka is set to be out of action for a considerable amount of time as Bayern Munich confirm that the German midfielder has undergone surgery this week.
Bayern Munich faces a tough Bundesliga game this weekend as they travel away to face RB Leipzig. The Bundesliga champions will be without Leon Goretzka for this game as the German midfielder suffered a thigh injury during the international break.
Goretzka didn’t play a single minute for Germany as he suffered this injury before their game against Netherlands. The former Schalke midfielder is set to be out for few weeks as Bayern confirmed on Wednesday that he had undergone surgery to solve this thigh issue.
Bayern confirmed in their statement that this surgery was done to remove the blood clot from Goretzka’s left thigh. The German international also missed the first two Bundesliga games due to a similar injury.
Speaking to press (via fcbayern.com) on Thursday, Kovac gave an update on Goretzka’s recovery process. The Croatian admitted that the surgery was successful, and the midfielder is in much better condition now. However, Kovac refused to give a definite timeframe for Goretzka’s return. According to Bild, Goretzka is going to be out for two to four weeks, depending on the healing process.
“Leon is feeling good, he’s glad he’s taken this step. We hope he’ll be back as soon as possible. But it’s too early to make exact predictions.”
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Goretzka enjoyed a productive debut season for Bayern as he managed to score nine goals from midfield. The German midfielder’s dynamic runs from midfield creates problems for the opponent. Kovac will be hoping that Goretzka recovers quickly as he is an important player for him.
However, Die Roten have got ample amount of depth in the midfield department. Corentin Tolisso is slowly getting back to his best after missing last season due to a serious knee injury. The Bundesliga champions allowed Renato Sanches to join Lille but replaced the Portuguese midfielder by signing Mikael Cuisance from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Philippe Coutinho can also play in midfield if Kovac decides to use a three man midfield. The Brazilian playmaker was deployed in midfield by Tite during the international break. He has been playing in number ten role for Die Roten in the past two games, though.
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Bayern will miss Goretzka against RB Leipzig this weekend, but they should be able to cope with his absence and manage to get three points in this game. Considering he has been struggling with this thigh injury for the past month, Bayern should be careful with his rehabilitation and avoid a relapse by rushing him back to action.