Tasci absent from Bayen unveiling

New Bayern München signing Serdar Tasci was forced to miss his own press conference after picking up an injury in training beforehand.

Tasci arrived on loan from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day and was set to be introduced to the press on Wednesday, but suffered a head injury in his first training session, leaving Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer to conduct the press conference on his own.

The Germany international was brought in as emergency cover for the Bavarians' ailing backline with both Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez sidelined with injury, but the club retain an option to make the move permanent if he impresses in his short-term spell.

Despite the injury, Sammer did not rule out the possibility of Tasci making his debut in Bayern's Bundesliga clash against Leverkusen on Saturday.

"In training he had a collision with his head. Maybe it is a mild concussion," Sammer told the assembled journalists.

"He may turn out [in] two or three days, that's not so bad.

"He is an experienced player who wants to grow into an important role for the national team. A player who brings many qualities. He is 28 but I hope he will seize this opportunity.

"Serdar is really looking forward to the experience and can help us with his character and his style of play.

"The situation was clear for everyone that we were in a difficult situation after Martinez's injury, so we decided to sign a new centre-back."

Sammer also moved to deny rumours they were on the verge of selling defender Medhi Benatia before Boateng picked up an injury.

"We didn't want to sell Benatia," he added. "This is utter nonsense. The media claiming that we wanted to are lying. Only an insane club would think about this."

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