“?Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be out of action until the beginning of March, following an operation last month.
According to German magazine “?Kicker, the original return date of early February was overly-optimistic after Boateng required surgery for a chest injury sustained in training in December.
Following the operation, Bayern’s website released a positive statement from team doctor Volker Braun, which read: “The operation has gone very well, and with an optimal healing process, Jerome Boateng will not be available for about six weeks.”
However, Kicker now claims to have information which suggests the World Cup winner’s likely return to action will actually be sometime in March.
This would mean that Bayern will likely be without Boateng for both Champions League knockout clashes with Arsenal, on February 15 and March 7 respectively.
The German publication also speculates that the new setback could force the Bavarians hand in the transfer market, as they look to secure a short term replacement, while Carlo Ancelotti may also rethink the club’s decision to allow Holger Badstuber to leave. The defender had been linked with the Premier League, but may now be held in Germany for the remainder of the season as additional cover.