Upamecano to miss 'weeks' with injury: Bayern coach Tuchel

AFP , Thursday 25 Jan 2024

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel said he felt "a little bit jinxed" after centre-back Dayot Upamecano tore his hamstring in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Union Berlin.

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Bayern Munich's French defender #02 Dayot Upamecano and Bremen's German forward #17 Justin Njinmah vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen in Munich on January 21, 2024. Photo: AFP

 

Upamecano failed to return to the pitch in the second-half after pulling up sore late in the opening period, with Tuchel saying the France defender had a "hamstring tear".

"With a hamstring tear, we talk about (missing) weeks not days" Tuchel said, revealing "he's already been assessed and we have a diagnosis".

Tuchel told reporters he felt "a little bit jinxed", with fellow first-choice centre-back Kim Min-jae away on Asia Cup duty.

"Of course, it's extremely bitter for him personally, but also for us in the form he's in.

"He's almost irreplaceable.

"He was in absolute top form for weeks, also in his ambition, his desire to win, his physicality is outstanding.

"It hurts us a lot."

Tuchel said midfielders Konrad Laimer and Joshua Kimmich were also under injury clouds, saying the club would "wait and see... I'm a little bit more worried about Konnie (Laimer) than I am about Josh."

Bayern's narrow victory, thanks to a second-half goal from Raphael Guerreiro, takes them four points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern play away at Augsburg on Saturday.

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