Jerome Boateng set to miss this year's World Cup over thigh injury

Jerome Boateng set to miss this year's World Cup over thigh injury

- Germany international Jerome Boateng risks missing this year World Cup after suffering a thigh injury in Bayern Munich's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday

- The 29-year-old is set to miss the rest of the season but might likely return early enough for the global championship

- He has spent seven seasons at the Allianz Arena and has six Bundesliga title to his credit at the club

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng might miss this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after suffering a thigh injury in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi final clash at the Allianz Arena.

The Germany international could only feature for 34 minutes in the match before being replaced by Niklas Suele following his inability to continue the game due to heavy pains.

Having assessed his situation, the German FA revealed that the 2014 World Cup winning defender damaged his adductor muscle in his left thigh and will be ready to be sidelined for at least four and six weeks.

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This means that the 29-year-old might have featured for the Bundesliga champions – whose chances of progressing to the final of the UEFA elite competition are slim.

They will need extra performance to overturn their 2-1 deficit to the Spanish League giants in the return leg of their semifinal clash next week Tuesday.

The German domestic season is ending with the DFB Pokal final on May 19, while the Champions League final will be played the following week.

Boateng will now be faced with the race to recover well in time for this summer’s global championship kicking off in June.

The German team will be expected to name their 35-man preliminary squad in May 15, while the final 23-man squad list must be finalised by June 4.

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Germany kick off the defence of the World Cup they won in Brazil in 2014 against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, before taking on Sweden and South Korea in their other Group F fixtures.

Boateng joined Bayern from Manchester City in 2011 after spending three seasons at Hambuger with 75 appearances.

He started his career at Hertha Berlin’s reserve team in 2006 and got promoted to the main team the next season.

The defender has however scored four goals in 156 matches for the Bavarians with six Bundesliga titles to show for his hard work at the club.

He won the UEFA Champions League with his current club in 2013, and the same year, he added the UEFA Super Club and FIFA Club World Cup trophies to his cabinet.

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