Freund is still optimistic that De Ligt won’t be out for as long as first anticipated

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Hopeful Christoph Freund Bayern Munich’s Matthijs De Ligt won’t be sidelined for “too long” due to injury.

The conclusion of September’s 7-0 Bundesliga victory against VfL Bochum for Bayern Munich saw Matthijs de Ligt take one stride forward and several steps back. The Dutch international scored Bayern’s third of seven goals on his first start of the season under Thomas Tuchel. Although he was forced to leave the game injured at halfway due to a knee issue. De Ligt has been sidelined since suffering the injury, which MRI tests determined wasn’t too serious. Ligt missed Bayern’s 4-0 DFB-Pokal victory against SC Preußen Münster and the 2-2 tie with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga after suffering the injury. Which MRI tests determined wasn’t too significant.

De Ligt’s injury occurred in the middle of his first start of the season. Which was especially unlucky given that Tuchel has been favouring the center-back duo of Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae from the outset. Ligt had only played as a substitute five times before the Bochum game. In addition to starting and participating in the first half of Bayern’s DFL-Supercup loss to Leipzig in August. After After playing a regular role for Tuchel for the most of the previous season, he was just beginning to get one foot back in the race for a starting position, but the injury has set him back.

Christoph Freund on high hopes for De Ligt

Fortunately, Bayern’s sporting director Christoph Freund recently stated that even though De Ligt’s injured knee is still very painful. He “hopefully” won’t be out for “too long,” according to kicker.

He still has a lot of discomfort and is unable to fully flex his knee. Though it could take some time, we hope he will soon be able to run again,” stated Freund. Given how risky it may be to start recovering too soon from any knee injury. There is undoubtedly a particular conversation that has to take place. But it is still a blow to De Ligt and Tuchel’s defensive depth.

Recent reports of Bayern seeking to recruit former defender Jerome Boateng seem to illuminate Tuchel’s position with regard to his concern about how long De Ligt may be absent. In the upcoming weeks and months, as the team continues to press on three fronts. He will want to have more centre backs than simply two who are physically fit.

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