Holger Badstuber has been told he will face another lengthy spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich’s chief medical officer announced he will have to undergo an operation on his thigh.
Bayern have revealed that Badstuber ruptured a tendon in his left thigh and will therefore be out for the foreseeable future.
The 25-year-old defender limped off just before half time in Bayern’s 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart. Many fans feared that the German had damaged his right knee again after he had recently just recovered from surgery.
After the match, the club toned down any speculation by stating on their Twitter account that he was substituted due to thigh problems and his knee was fine.
The chief medical officer, Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, then examined the player and broke the news that he will face another long spel out of action in order to repair the damage.
I won’t give up!
Badstuber only returned to action two months ago after recovering from a 19-month injury lay off caused by a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee back in December 2012.
Despite being inflicted by the curse of injury once again, Badstuber is staying positive and insists that he will be back to fight for his place in the Bayern team.
He told fcbayern.de: “I’m obviously very disappointed right now, but of course I now know how you deal with situations like this.
“Don’t worry! I’ll be back, and I’ll pick it up from where I left off after battling to return from my long injury lay-off. I won’t give up!”
Career so far
Badstuber rose through the Bayern ranks in the academy and he made his debut in 2009 under Louis Van Gaal as the Dutchman shifted him into the first team as he wanted a left-footed defender to help stabilise and balance his back line.
He then went on to win the Bundesliga title, the DFB Pokal and the DFL Super Cup as well as earning a place in the Germany World Cup squad in 2010 at the age of 21.
Following Germany’s recent World Cup win in Brazil, Badstuber was hoping to earn another call up and get the chance to build upon his 30 caps by playing at the European Championships in 2016. Sadly, this latest injury blow could tarnish his chances as he is set to miss a number of qualifying matches in the next few months.
There is currently a lot of competition for places in the Germany team - in particularly in defence as Joachim Low tries to find a way of playing Mats Hummels, Benedict Howedes and Jerome Boateng in their natural centre back positions.
Youngsters Erik Durm and Matthias Ginter, who both flew out with the Germany team, are set to be the next national pairing and so it will be harder for Badstuber to compete in the lead up to the Euros when he will be 27 and unfortunately the average age of the squad continues to decrease.