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Bayern's Schweinsteiger doubtful for Basel trip

Published: Thursday 9 February 2012, 11.54CET
Bastian Schweinsteiger's involvement in FC Bayern München's round of 16 visit to FC Basel 1893 is in serious doubt after the Germany midfielder sustained ankle ligament damage.
Bayern's Schweinsteiger doubtful for Basel trip
Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger receives treatment after injuring his ankle against Stuttgart ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 9 February 2012, 11.54CET

Bayern's Schweinsteiger doubtful for Basel trip

Bastian Schweinsteiger's involvement in FC Bayern München's round of 16 visit to FC Basel 1893 is in serious doubt after the Germany midfielder sustained ankle ligament damage.

FC Bayern München are expected to be without Bastian Schweinsteiger for several weeks after the German international tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right ankle during Wednesday's German Cup victory at VfB Stuttgart.

Schweinsteiger limped off 17 minutes into the 2-0 success and after a subsequent examination of the injury the 27-year-old will need to wear a cast for a week. While his full recovery time remains unclear, the midfielder's involvement in Bayern's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg trip to FC Basel 1893 on 22 February is now in serious doubt.

"Regarding Bastian's return, we will communicate a prediction at a later time," said Bayern team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahr.

The dynamic Schweinsteiger, who was sidelined for the last two months of 2011 after breaking his collarbone during the 3-2 group stage win at SSC Napoli on matchday four, is one of Bayern's most influential players and has made 14 Bundesliga appearances this season. Bayern host Basel in the return leg on 13 March.

Last updated: 09/02/12 13.00CET

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