Reina sidelined by 'severe' calf injury

The Spain international suffered a muscular problem during a friendly clash with a Paulaner dream team of amateur footballers in Unterhaching on Monday

Bayern Munich have announced that reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been ruled out of action for “several weeks” with a “severe” calf injury.

The Spain international has not yet made a competitive appearance for the Bavarians since joining on a three-year deal from Liverpool this summer but he was selected to start Monday’s friendly against an amateur 11 in Unterhaching.

However, Reina, who has been serving as Manuel Neuer’s principal understudy, lasted just five minutes before being replaced by Tom Starke after pulling up with a muscular problem.

Subsequent tests carried out by Bayern team doctor Hans-Whilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt have now confirmed that Reina is facing an unspecified period of “weeks” on the sidelines with what, according to the club’s official website, is a “severe calf muscle injury”.

The only positive for the German champions is that the international break means that they do not return to action until October 18, when they host Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.

However, Pep Guardiola’s men then face a crunch Champions League clash with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico three days later.

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