Sport Pavard injured but Sule steps up Bayern Munich comeback bid ahead of Champions League

18:48  26 july  2020
18:48  26 july  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Bayern Munich ’s reliable right- back , Benjamin Pavard , had to depart team training today after suffering an ankle injury . Depending on the severity of the injury , the Frenchman may not be able to play in Bayern Munich ’s Champions League ties next month.

Benjamin Pavard plans to step up and become more important for Bayern Munich in the wake of Niklas Sule 's long-term injury . Bayern was dealt a big blow when Germany international Sule tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the 2-2 draw with Augsburg on Saturday.

Bayern Munich are awaiting updates after Benjamin Pavard suffered an injury two weeks ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea.

Pavard reportedly injured his ankle in a training game on Sunday and had to cut the session short to receive treatment.

The scare comes as Bayern step up preparations for their August 8 clash with Frank Lampard's side in Munich, where they will look to defend a 3-0 lead from the first game.

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FC Bayern will have to manage without Benjamin Pavard for the foreseeable future. The German record champions ' right back was forced to abandon team training on Sunday morning with an injury . A thorough examination by the FC Bayern medical unit revealed a ligament injury to the left tarsal.

"Benjamin Pavard sustained an injury," head coach Hansi Flick confirmed in a media conference after training on Sunday. "We are not quite sure exactly what happened, we will have to wait for the diagnosis now. We're not quite sure how long he will be missing, or if he will be missing. We will have to wait and see."

There was better news for Niklas Sule, who continues to work his way back from a serious knee injury. The centre-back has not played since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in October, although he did make the bench for the DFP-Pokal final win over Bayer Leverkusen this month.

Sule, 24, put in extra training time while his team-mates took a break after that match and the Germany international could get the chance to prove his fitness in a friendly against Marseille on Friday.

"I'm very happy with him, with the way he's training and the intensity he's training with," Flick said. "I assume he's at 100 per cent, we've been working on that. During the holiday, he stayed here and worked with our staff, so he is on track.

"He's missing match practice, but we possibly have the opportunity for him to play against Marseille. We shall see what happens."

New signings Leroy Sane and Tanguy Kouassi are ineligible to face Chelsea and will not be used in the Marseille match, but Flick has been happy with how the pair have adapted to their surroundings.

"All of the new players have integrated well," he said. "For them, it's a new environment so they might need a little time, but I'm very happy with how things are going.

"With Kouassi, we all know that he's an outstanding football player and that we will greatly benefit from him.

"We know in the last few months he's had a couple of injury problems, so we are all hoping that, following this recent injury, he can train pain-free, possibly play. We will have to see what happens in the next couple of days and see what happens.

"I can only confirm that the new signings will not play against Marseille or in the Champions League."

Bayern boss Flick delighted for Sule after comeback in Marseille friendly .
Niklas Sule returned from injury as Bayern Munich beat Marseille 1-0 in a friendly thanks to Serge Gnabry's strike.Germany defender Sule has not played since October after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament, although he was among the substitutes for the DFB-Pokal final triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.

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