Holger badstuber’s nightmare is getting worse – now the world cup in brazil is also in danger. After an operation in the USA, the national soccer player had to cope with the next bad news.
Doctors put the munich central defender’s absence at a further ten months. This means that the FC bayern munchen professional is out of the world cup plans of national coach joachim low for the time being.
Badstuber had surgery on his right knee to remove the cruciate ligament, which had been torn in large parts and was therefore non-functional. Before a new cruciate ligament can be inserted, the boreholes from the first operation have to be closed up.
FC bayern assured in a statement on wednesday that the 24-year-old’s professional career is "not in danger". But how and when he will return is an open question. For the world cup in brazil in mid-2014, badstuber is no longer a calculable ruffian according to the current status. Under the new trainer pep guardiola, who will start on 26. June holds his first training session, he will miss almost the entire first season.
Words of encouragement for the permanent munich patient, who missed the 2012 dahoam final with a yellow suspension and played the unloved left-back position in the 2010 final, came from sporting director matthias sammer even before the intervention by richard steadman (vail/colorado). "Of course we’ll give him all the time in the world to get better," said the former national player, who himself had to end his career early because of an infection in his knee.
Badstuber suffered the first cruciate ligament tear at the beginning of december in the bundesliga match against borussia dortmund. In march, another intervention on the joint followed, the scar tissue was irritated. At the beginning of april, the 30-time national player resumed running training. Badstuber seemed confident, but recently there have been new problems. At the master parade a week ago the knee was bandaged.
There was better news, however, in the case of toni kroos. After his muscle bundle tear the national player resumed running training on wednesday.
Meanwhile, badstuber’s long break affects the record champions’ personnel plans for the coming season. Veteran daniel van buyten can hope more than ever for a contract extension after the belgian proved his suitability as a reliable backup behind the first center-back line-up of dante and jerôme boateng in the second half of the season.
In the central defense, otherwise record-buying javi martinez or jan kirchhoff, signed from FSV mainz 05, could come into play. Kirchhoff, however, had to undergo an operation on his groin. If he gets fit quickly and travels to the U21 european championship, he will be missing at the start of training for munich.
The same goes for the brazilian dante, who was a participant in the confed cup in his home country (15. Until 30. June) will only start preparing for the new season after a considerable delay.