Created on 21-07-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern's recently concluded summer training camp in Trentino was a great success in nearly every respect, but almost inevitably, the stay in Riva del Garda produced a crop of injuries. Head coach Jupp Heynckes tore a muscle and U–23 player David Vrzogic stretched an elbow tendon, and Friday’s friendly against Italian top-flight side Napoli also ended less than positively for David Alaba and Rafinha, who both now face spells on the sidelines.
Austrian Footballer of the Year Alaba took a blow to his left foot in the first half and sustained a stress fracture, putting him out of action for six to eight weeks. An initial diagnosis was made on Saturday morning in Munich. The 20-year-old will undergo another thorough examination on Monday, prior to a decision on the appropriate course of treatment, either via an operation or a more conservative route involving simple rest.
Duo out of China trip
Brazilian defender Rafinha had slightly better luck. The right-back went over on his right ankle just before half-time, sustaining a torn ligament, with another ligament diagnosed as stretched. Rafinha will not require surgery, and should be back in action in some four to five weeks.
However, both players are now out of FCB's tour of China from Sunday night until next Friday. Two days ago, Heynckes announced that captains Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger would both be excused the trip. For “purely sporting reasons" the pair will focus on regeneration and fitness basics in Munich, before resuming the team schedule once the rest of the group returns from China.