Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger could miss the rest of the season having been ruled out of Germany’s upcoming friendlies with a knee ligament injury.
— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) March 23, 2016
The 31-year-old German midfielder only returned to action for Manchester United earlier in March having been sidelined for almost 2 months with a knee problem, while missing out 13 games in the process.
He previously picked up a groin injury back in October and was not able to start United’s opening three matches of the campaign due to a lack of match fitness, having also taken a knock during the club’s pre-season tour.
The German captain came on during Sunday’s 1-0 derby victory against Manchester City before linking up with the national squad ahead for two back to back friendlies against England and Italy.
But, on Tuesday following a tackle at the end of training on, Schweinsteiger missed Wednesday’s training session and travelled to Munich for scans on his right knee.
The German Football Association later confirmed he has suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament, that ruled him out of the upcoming practice matches. The midfielder now heads back to Manchester to continue his treatment, the injury is expected to keep him out of action for much longer.
Depending on the latest damage, Schweinsteiger could be out for the remaining season, while he may also be left sweating on his fitness ahead of the European Championships.
“World Champion Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out of the friendlies against England on Saturday in Berlin (20:45 CET) and Italy on Tuesday in Munich (20:45 CET),” a statement on dfb.de revealed yesterday.
“The 31-year-old captain suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee following a challenge at the end of training on Tuesday afternoon.
“The diagnosis was confirmed following an MRI scan at the practice of team doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich earlier today.
“Treatment will be carried out by the medical team at his club Manchester United, in coordination with the Germany national team’s doctors.”
Schweinsteiger has made 31 appearances for Manchester United since his arrival from Bayern Munich last summer and managed to score only goal so far in November’s 1-1 draw with current Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.
He joins already a lengthy injury list of United with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Phil Jones already out of action.