Injury worries before the Bochum game: does Nagelsmann have to change his double leadership?
Created: 08/17/2022, 14:32
By: Antonio Jose Riether
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann may have to change his starting eleven for the first time before the away game at VfL Bochum.
Munich – After the short season preparation with his team, FC Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann decided on his best eleven.
He trusted the same starting eleven three times in the first three competitive games of the season, both in the 5-3 victory in the Supercup in Leipzig and on the first two Bundesliga matchdays.
But now the head coach has to make a change, one of his two regular attackers is threatening to be out for the weekend.
Serge Gnabry was already injured before the Wolfsburg game - he had to leave at the break
While Nagelsmann relies on Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller on the wings, he relies on the duo Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry in attack.
The latter had to be substituted at half-time in Sunday's 2-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg due to problems with his adductors, as his coach confirmed after the game.
Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mané already harmonize well with each other.
Now the German national player could fail.
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According to Nagelsmann, Gnabry already had problems during the week, but the Landsberger let him run up against the wolves from the start.
The muscular problems got "a bit worse" in the first half, as Nagelsmann explained.
"He couldn't really sprint.
That's why we reacted early to make sure nothing happened."
Serge Gnabry had to leave the field because of adductor problems - now he has another injury
Gnabry had to skip team training on Wednesday due to a new injury, as the club announced in a statement.
“The 27-year-old injured his wrist in the 2-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg at home.
That's why the attacker trains individually in the performance center in the middle of the week," wrote the Munich team on their website.
There was no information about the downtime.
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It is still unclear whether the national player will miss the upcoming Bundesliga clash with VfL Bochum on Sunday evening.
Without a doubt, Gnabry's absence would be a disadvantage for Bayern, in the previous three games of the season he showed strong performances and contributed two goals and two assists.
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Should Gnabry be absent on Sunday, Nagelsmann would probably have either Leroy Sané or Kingsley Coman start next to Sadio Mané.
Coman could appear again in the Bundesliga after serving a red suspension, so the Frenchman was only substituted on once in the Supercup this season.
Gnabry still has about three days before the team leaves for the Ruhr area.