It is never a good sign when a footballer is airlifted to hospital, and Germany fans must have feared the worst when it happened with Bastian Schweinsteiger this weekend.
The 29-year-old midfielder was taken in a helicopter away from his side’s training base on Saturday to have a scan on the knee injury he had picked up during a training camp in South Tyrol last month.
There were initial concerns that the Bayern Munich star may miss the start of the World Cup. Germany will face Portugal in their opening Group G game on Monday, and that game could eventually prove to be crucial in deciding if they go through to the last 16 or not.
Schweinsteiger is one of the best midfielders in the world and will be a key player for Germany in Brazil, and thankfully for the three-time world champions, he will be fit for the match against Portugal.
Germany coach Joachim Low has said that it was a FIFA regulation that was behind the 29-year-old being flown off to hospital. All players featuring in the World Cup who had reported an injury before arriving in Brazil are obliged to undergo further tests before their first match.
‘We had a first investigation of [Philipp] Lahm's condition and he and [Manuel] Neuer were checked in Munich’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. 'Bastian was also checked in Mainz, but Fifa also demanded a medical check for insurance reasons... As far as [Monday] is concerned, all players will be 100% fit’.
Schweinsteiger has been at Bayern all his career and has won a plethora of trophies, including the Bundesliga seven times and the Champions League once. However, in recent times, he has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
That’s mainly because of the appointment of former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal as the Red Devils’ new boss. The Dutch tactician made the German star the player he is now, as he converted him from a wide midfielder to a defensive one.
United desperately need a midfielder for next season who can stamp his authority on the game and push the team forward. Schweinsteiger can do exactly that, and given the link he has with Van Gaal, reports continue to persist that he could move to Old Trafford this summer.
But will he?