Hopfner: Bayern suffering with injuries

Bayern München president Karl Hopfner has conceded that the club are finding it tough with so many players out with injury.

In recent months, Bayern have seen the likes of Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez being ruled out with injury, while Franck Ribery hardly featured in 2015 and Mario Gotze has only just been declared fit and finally started training again.

Many other players such as Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber have all faced spells on the sidelines.

Jerome Boateng was ruled out in January with a groin injury and faces a lengthy time out of the game and on Tuesday, Martinez was forced to have surgery on his knee and will be out until March.

Manager Pep Guardiola has come in for some criticism as many people think he has rushed players back too quickly and not given them enough time to fully recover before making a return to action.

There have even been reports that Guardiola and former club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt had disagreements which led to the doctor and his staff leaving the club.

"Pep Guardiola is very well asking for advice from our medical department, and he listens to it. Maybe we are only going through a bad patch." Hopfner told Sport Bild.

Hopfner also added that losing Boateng is very frustrating.

"It's a great shame. Honestly, I have to say that it's especially bad for Jerome Boateng," he concluded.

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