Bayern defensive crisis grows with Dante injury

Oliver Young-Myles
Bayern defensive crisis grows with Dante injury

Bayern Münich faces a defensive crisis ahead of its Champions League tie with Victoria Plzen on Wednesday evening following an injury to Dante during the club's 4-1 win against Mainz on Saturday.

The Brazil defender, who has been a key part of Bayern’s defense since joining the club in 2012, was forced off in the first half after suffering a deep cut to his ankle in a challenge with Zdenek Pospech. The injury, which required 10 stitches, will rule Dante out for between 10 and 14 days.

Dante’s injury leaves Bayern further stretched in a defense already short of Jérôme Boateng and Holger Badstuber, who miss out through suspension and injury, respectively. Midfielder-turned-defender Javi Martinez, who has deputized at center back on occasion, is also unavailable as he has not yet fully recovered from groin surgery.

Daniel van Buyten and summer signing Jan Kirchoff look set to line up on Wednesday as they are now the club's only fit center backs.

On a more positive note for Bayern, Franck Ribéry could return following an ankle sprain that ruled him out of the win over Mainz.