Bayern rocked by Badstuber injury blow

The club’s injury woes have continued after the defender was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn thigh muscle

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has been ruled out for up to four months with a torn thigh muscle, the club have confirmed.

The 26-year-old’s career has been blighted by injuries, with him missing nearly 600 days of action between 2012 and 2014 following multiple anterior cruciate ligament problems.

“I am very disappointed, but nevertheless I am positive and will come back healthy,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“I know what FC Bayern has done for me and I will come back as an important part of the team.”

The club’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “I am so sorry for Holger. He worked so hard for his comeback – and now this. But we know Holger is a fighter.”

Bayern have already been hit by a crippling injury list, which has left the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the sidelines, along with a host of other first-team players.

Such has been the extent of their problems, club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and his medical team resigned following the 3-1 defeat to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

He claimed him and his staff had been made responsible for the defeat by coach Pep Guardiola after Dante came off with an injury during the first half of that game – accusations the Spaniard has strenuously denied.

Bayern ultimately recovered by winning the second leg 6-1 on Tuesday to book their place in the semi-finals but remain without several of their key men ahead of the season’s closing stages.