When one partner returned, the other disappeared. Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich)’s shoulders become heavy once again.
Munich announced the news of a central defender injury on the club website on the 11th (Korean time), saying, “Dayot Upamecano injured a muscle. Matthias de Ligt has started running again.”
“Upamecano injured his left hamstring muscle during the match against SC Freiburg last Sunday. After a medical examination, he will not be able to play for the time being. De Ligt, on the other hand, is recovering from his injury. He was recently sidelined due to a knee problem, but has been on the pitch since Tuesday. “Training has resumed,” he added.
Contrary to expectations, Upamecano played an active role as a solid starting defender along with Kim Min-jae this season. Many people expected a combination of Kim Min-jae and De Ligt, but coach Thomas Tuchel chose Upamecano instead of De Ligt. De Ligt stayed on the bench, perhaps because he failed to improve his condition at the beginning of the season, and even played as a defensive midfielder rather than a center back.
On the other hand, Upamecano solidified his position by appearing in all seven league games played by Munich. Among them, he made 6 starting appearances and played full time in all of them except for the game against Freiburg where he missed due to injury. The fast-footed duo of Kim Min-jae and Upamecano were enough to receive a passing grade.
However, Upamecano suffered an injury and was forced to sit out for about three weeks. According to Germany’s Bild, he is expected to need three to four weeks of recovery. Upamecano has already complained of discomfort after the international match last September, so he is likely to refrain from a hasty return.
It is fortunate that De Ligt has begun preparations for his return. As he has just started training, he is expected to be able to return after the international match ends in October. Of course, it is unclear how good condition De Ligt will be in and whether he will work well with Kim Min-jae, but just being able to run is a great strength.메이저사이트
The problem is Minjae Kim. He is already going strong, playing full time in seven consecutive games. This was because there was no proper backup defender as De Ligt left the team and Matja Nastasic went on loan to Mallorca.
Coach Tuchel even issued an emergency prescription to add right fullback Nusair Mazraoui as Kim Min-jae’s partner in the last game against Freiburg. Currently, Munich lacks central defense resources.
De Ligt’s return seemed to give him a breather, but now Upamecano has fallen. For Kim Min-jae, it is a burdensome situation as his partners disappear one after another. It is highly likely that he will not be able to rest even if he returns to Munich after the international break this October.
Concerns about overload that had already arisen have deepened further. Kim Min-jae, a key resource for the Korean national soccer team, is likely to play full-time in games against Tunisia on the 13th and Vietnam on the 17th. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already predicted that there will be no adjustment in playing time, saying, “For me, going to the national team was a vacation. Neither Kim Min-jae nor Son Heung-min will want their playing time reduced.”