German newspaper Bild has run a report suggesting Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger needs surgery on a troublesome ankle problem.
The German midfielder has been one of the constants in the Bayern Munich team throughout his career and Roy Hodgson’s England and Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City look set to benefit from the news.
“During the check-ups in recent weeks postoperatively increasing ossification of the right ankle was found in Bastian Schweinsteiger, this leads to a mechanical tendon irritation,” said Bayern’s team doctor on their website.
I’m not entirely sure what that means but the report suggests it means the German will need to have another operation on his ankle just months after he first tried to correct a problem at the end of last season.
England play Germany in the next round of international games on November 19 and the absence of Schweinsteiger should make the job of the England squad easier because it takes away an awful lot of experience from Joachim Low’s side.
Manchester City will benefit if it turns out to be a long term problem because their final Champions League group game in December is away to Bayern Munich.
“The last few weeks have been very painful for me again. I tried it again, but I am now at a point where surgical intervention can no longer be avoided. I hope that I can play again after surgery completely pain-free football,” said the player.
Schweinsteiger was part of the Bayern Munich side that defeated Manchester City in Manchester in a performance which left much of the football world purring over the play of the German and European champions under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
England definitely benefit from his injury problem and once a timescale emerges through the international break, so too could Manchester City.
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