Bayern handed defender blow


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Bayern Munich will be without David Alaba for their trip to Hoffenheim on Sunday after he sustained an ankle injury on international duty.

Alaba suffered the setback towards the end of the first-half as his Austria side were held to a 1-1 draw by Georgia and now faces a spell on the sidelines, although Bayern did not offer a timeframe on his recovery.

“David Alaba injured his left ankle in Austria’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday night and he is currently sidelined.

That was the diagnosis of an examination in Munich on Wednesday.

The FC Bayern defender injured himself in a challenge and had to go off on 38 minutes,” a Bayern statement read.

Alaba’s injury comes as a blow to boss Carlo Ancelotti as fellow left-back Juan Bernat faces a further 12 weeks out after sustaining an ankle injury of his own in July.

It means either Marco Friedl or Rafinha are likely to fill the left-back spot at Hoffenheim this weekend.

Bayern are 1.44 to come out on top, Hoffenheim can be backed at 6.50 and a draw is 4.50.

The German champions did receive positive news on Sebastian Rudy after he was forced off in Germany’s 6-0 mauling of Norway as he has passed a fitness test and is available for their Bundesliga assignment this weekend.

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