James to miss ‘a few days’ of Bayern training with calf injury

The Colombian suffered a calf strain against Besiktas on Tuesday, but his club do not expect him to be out for long

The calf injury James Rodriguez suffered in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Besiktas is only a “slight problem”, Bayern Munich have confirmed.

James went off just before half-time, with the Colombia international showing few signs of pain as he exited the field.

There were initial suspicions he was withdrawn due to a knock to the head, having looked dazed shortly beforehand after getting struck by the ball.

But Bayern confirmed after the game that the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder felt his calf tighten.

And, following investigations from Bayern’s medical team on Wednesday, they have come to the conclusion he should only need to miss “a few days of training”.

A club statement read: “Bayern midfielder James was not seriously injured in yesterday’s [Tuesday] Champions League game against Besiktas.

“An in-depth investigation confirmed the first diagnosis of the club doctor. The Colombian has only slight problems in the muscles of the left calf and thus has to miss a few days of training.”

James Rodriguez is a ‘godsend’ – Heynckes

The Colombia international’s coach has branded him an “instant hit” at the Allianz Arena

James Rodriguez has made a huge impression on Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes, who believes the Colombian has been a “godsend” since arriving on loan from Real Madrid.

The attacking midfielder gradually fell out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu after initially impressing in the wake of an €80 million move from Monaco which came on the back of an immense 2014 World Cup showing.

He also got off to a slow start in Munich, initially struggling to get into Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI on a regular basis, but things have improved since the Italian’s dismissal.

James has become an important part of Heynckes’ team and has so far managed four goals and six assists from 12 Bundesliga starts.

And, although Heynckes expects James to keep keeping better, he could not hide his pleasure at the Colombian’s impact.

“In his current form, obviously James is a godsend for Bayern,” Heynckes told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with Paderborn. “It’s not easy, in another country with a different culture, a different mentality and he is doing very well, playing at a very high level, but he can do it better.

“It was well known that James was no longer satisfied in Madrid

“He didn’t get the time that such a player deserves, and then it is logical to get the player in. James is an instant hit.

“How he acts and integrates, how he laughs again and is relaxed… He has arrived and is happy in Munich.

Heynckes also provided an update on Thiago Alcantara’s fitness, with the Spain international suffering a muscular injury in November which has kept him out since.

The manager will not be rushing him back but suspects Thiago could feature in full training again on Wednesday.

“It’s pleasing to see how Thiago is doing in his rehab,” Heynckes said. “He will be able to take part in today’s [Monday] session fully and I think he might be able to train full-time again from Wednesday on.

“I’ll talk to the doctors again. The player wants to play as fast as possible, but we do not take any chances.

“Another injury would be terrible, as he can be another important element in our game and he has dreams too, not only with Bayern, but also with the Spanish national team.”

Heynckes confirmed that Jerome Boateng will miss Tuesday’s trip with a stomach virus, the same issue which makes Arturo Vidal doubtful.

Source: www.goal.com