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Bayern Munich suffer serious injury blow to a star player

Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry
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The Bavarians have confirmed a serious injury setback following their Club World Cup triumph.

Serge Gnabry is out with a thigh injury ‘for the foreseeable future’ after Bayern Munich’s 1-0 Club World Cup final victory over Tigres on Thursday.

The former Arsenal winger lasted 64 minutes in the final before Bayern manager Hansi Flick replaced him with Corentin Tolisso. He had a frustrating night in Qatar, having struggled to make an impact against Tigres.

But while Benjamin Pavard’s goal before the hour-mark sealed a sixth title in a row for Bayern, the victory came with a price.

“FC Bayern will have to do without Serge Gnabry for the foreseeable future,” read a club statement.

“The forward tore a muscle in his left thigh in yesterday’s 1-0 triumph in the FIFA Club World Cup final against Tigres UANL.

“The injury was confirmed following an examination by the FC Bayern medical unit.”

Gnabry has managed six goals and four assists in 28 appearances across all competitions for Flick’s side this season.

The 25-year-old has become a key player in the Bavarian set-up since his arrival in 2017 and his absence will surely be felt. Especially in light of the club’s congested fixture list from now until the end of the season.

Bayern will next face Arminia in a Bundesliga match on Monday night before visiting Eintracht Frankfurt five days later.