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Double ankle agony

Rafinha doubtful, Shaqiri out of Mainz trip

The curse of injury struck twice at Bayern on Monday when both Rafinha and Xherdan Shaqiri sustained ankle injuries in the morning training workout. However, it could have been a lot worse, as subsequent diagnosis showed neither player suffered serious damage.

Rafinha has only sprained his right angle and will sit out squad training for the next three days. A decision on his fitness for the weekend trip to FSV Mainz will be made at the end of the week, although the full-back is currently rated doubtful for the match.

The moment of the injury itself, when the Brazilian went to ground just before the end of the morning session after catching his studs in the turf, sent a ripple of concern through the squad. The players joined forces to lift their team-mate onto a golf cart, which headed for the dressing room bearing the stricken defender, pain written on his features.

However, chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt later gave the all-clear, assuring reporters there would be no repeat of the Brazilian’s long lay-off in the summer due to ligament damage to the right ankle.

Shaq ruled out of Mainz clash

Shaqiri was also forced to break off Monday's session early after turning his right ankle, but Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt again diagnosed nothing more than a sprain. However, the Swiss international has been ordered to stay away from squad training for the next five days, and is therefore automatically ruled out of the Bundesliga clash away to Mainz.