Bayern Munich suffers injury blow during a training session on Sunday.
Hansi Flick has done a commendable job since becoming permanent manager of Bayern Munich. The German manager guided the team to a domestic double after an indifferent start to the camapaign. Flick’s men will now focus on going deep in the Champions League.
Flick never had complete squad available at any point this season. This was expected to change ahead of the Champions League game against Chelsea next month. The break after the conclusion of the domestic competitions allowed all injured player to complete the recovery process.
However, Die Roten have a strong relationship with unfortunate luck regarding injuries in the past few seasons. That trend followed this weekend too. On Sunday, Benjamin Pavard suffered an ankle injury during a training session at Sabner Strasse.
According to Sky Sports, in the best possible scenario, Pavard will be out for three weeks. The exact duration of this layoff will be known when all scans are completed by Die Roten. While speaking to press (via Sky Sports) on Sunday, Flick confirmed that the French defender was injured but refused to give any fixed date for his return.
“Benjamin Pavard got injured today. We don’t have the diagnosis yet and we don’t know how long he’ll be out for. So we have to wait.”
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After Flick’s press conference, the club did confirm that Pavard will be on sidelines for the time being due to a ligament injury. This is a big blow for Die Roten ahead of crunch games in the Champions League since the French defender has been a mainstay in Flick’s team throughout the campaign.
Pavard has mainly operated as a right-back this season. He had to play in this position after Joshua Kimmich was permanently moved into central midfield. The Frenchman has been one of the most consistent players for German champions, delivering nothing less than 7/10 every weekend. He has never looked out of place in the team even though this is his debut campaign in Bavaria.
Flick will have a big selection headache due to this injury. Alvaro Odriozola is still at the club, but the Spaniard has earned only two starts under Flick since joining the club on a six-month loan deal from Real Madrid in January. It will be a huge gamble to rely on Odriozola in big Champions League.
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The other alternative for Flick will be Kimmich. The German international will have to move back to defence. He has been a lynchpin in midfielder this season, but there are many midfield options for Flick to compensate for his absence. Corentin Tolisso is also fit to feature for Die Roten after being out for three months due to injury. Pavard’s injury is a big problem for Flick, but he can navigate through this situation as he has done throughout the campaign.