Bayern Munich's Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, injured in the knee on Wednesday in the German Cup, will miss "the next matches", the German club announced on Thursday, without giving further details.
“Matthijs de Ligt suffered a partial rupture of the internal ligament in his right knee during the cup match in Saarbrücken (lost 2-1 by Bayern). He will be unavailable for the next matches,” indicates the club on its official website, without indicating a return time frame.
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This injury will prevent the 24-year-old center back from participating in Dortmund's “Klassiker” on Saturday, the first summit of the Bundesliga season. FC Bayern are currently second, two points behind leader Leverkusen. Dortmund is fourth, two lengths behind the Bavarians.
De Ligt was injured in the 19th minute in a tackle during the match in Saarbrücken, where Bayern were eliminated to everyone's surprise by this German third division team.
Midfielder Joshua Kimmich had to slide into the center-back position to replace him, with Kim Min-jae being the only professional center still available in the squad. French international Dayot Upamecano, injured in October with a tendon, returned to training but did not play any of the team's last four matches.