Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has suffered his third knee injury this year and may not feature in Germany’s Euro 2016 semi-final against France.
The 31-year-old came on in the 13th minute of Germany’s quarter-final against Italy, which saw them win the penalty shootout 6-5, but when it came up to his turn he smashed his spotkick past Gianluigi Buffon’s crossbar.
He’s now an injury doubt after suffering a knock to his knee and could sit out Thursday’s clash with France in Marseille.
The German website have released the following statement: “Schweinsteiger had an MRI scan at a hospital in Annecy earlier on Sunday. Schweinsteiger took a knock to the knee during the Italy clash and has been diagnosed with a lateral collateral ligament strain. Schweinsteiger may still feature in the tournament. The medical team are going to work hard alongside them in order to prepare him for Thursday’s semi-final, however, it’s hard to properly assess how long his injury will need to heal. He will be assessed on a daily basis.”
He suffered a knee injury in Man United’s January FA Cup win over Sheffield United and only made four more appearances in the campaign, after his return, Schweinsteiger picked up another knee injury on international duty in March leaving sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Bastian will have to prove he can get back to match-fitness next season if he wants a future at the club under Jose Mourinho, when fit he is one of our best midfielders, but the problem is staying there as he has proven he is prone to injury.
He could be the perfect fit in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 at the base of our midfield but will need to put his head down after the European Championship if he wants to hit the ground running at Old Trafford.