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Sat Apr 19 11:24:56 SAST 2014

Bayern duo suffer injury blows

TEAMtalk Media | 22 July, 2012 09:520 Comments
SSC Napoli v Bayern Muenchen - Friendly Match
David Alaba of Bayern leaves the pitch after suffering an injury during the friendly match between Napoli and Bayern Munich at Arco Stadium on July 20, 2012 in Arco, Italy
Image by: Dennis Grombkowski / Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich full-backs David Alaba and Rafinha are doubtful for the start of the Bundesliga season after picking up injuries in Bayern Munich's 3-2 friendly defeat to Napoli on Friday.

Alaba, Austria's Player of the Year last season, came off markedly worse having been ruled out for six to eight weeks after suffering a stress fracture.

Further tests will be conducted on Monday to ascertain the full extent of the damage and decide whether an operation is necessary.

Rafinha also suffered an injury during the friendly and has torn ankle ligaments. He will not require an operation, but will nevertheless miss the next four to five weeks, making him a doubt for the beginning of the new campaign, which kicks off on August 25.

Both have been excluded from the Bavarians' pre-season trip to China on Sunday, according to the club's official website.

Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger have also been deemed unavailable for the tour so they can concentrate on "building up their fitness" for the new term, according to coach Jupp Heynckes.

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