Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka faces a race to be fit to face Hertha Berlin on Friday after twisting his ankle playing out of position at left-back.
The 23-year-old Germany international, normally a central midfielder, replaced David Alaba at left-back for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, but twisted his ankle while fouling Andre Hahn after only 13 minutes and was replaced by eventually Alaba at the break.
“I hope it’s not too serious,” Goretzka told reporters.
An Arjen Robben goal for the hosts at Munich’s Allianz Arena was cancelled out when Augsburg substitute Felix Goetze, the younger brother of fallen Germany star Mario, scored four minutes from time against his former club having only left Bayern in July.
Leaders Bayern can extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to five points with a win over third-placed Hertha at the Olympic Stadium.
However, Goretzka could miss out, “because he has a fat ankle,” according to Bayern coach Niko Kovac.
Kovac praised Goretzka’s efforts but the rising Germany star was less than impressed after what was his 120th Bundesliga appearance.
“I was not satisfied, it is clear that I can’t do what David Alaba does and smash over a cross from the left,” said Goretzka, who joined Bayern from Schalke in the off-season.
“It wasn’t a good game from me.”
The draw cost Kovac the record of eight straight wins in all competitions at the start of his tenure as Bayern coach, but Goretzka says conceding the late equaliser was “perhaps it was a wake-up call at the right time” for the squad.
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
- Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- Ex-Man Utd star Giggs admits to lifelong infidelity in court testimony
- Our 6 way-too-early reactions to 2022/23 Premier League season
- Van Dijk says Nunez must ‘control himself’ after Liverpool red card
- Man City complete signing of Spanish defender Gomez
- International efforts needed to understand sport’s dementia risk: report
- ‘Very special’: English teenager Bynoe-Gittens extends Dortmund deal
- Where to find Rangers vs. PSV Eindhoven on US TV
- Where to find LAFC vs. DC United on US TV
- Where to find PSG vs. Manchester United on US TV
- Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona on US TV