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Sarr acqusition and injury push Chris Richards into individualized training course

By Peter Vice

US International Chris Richards didn't exactly dazzle in his debut start against Hertha BSC in the 2020/21 Bundesliga's third round. The 20-year-old defender also had to be subbed off after suffering a calf injury shortly after the hour mark.

Website Ligainsider.de reports that the young talent presently works in an personalized individual rehabilitation program designed by the club and is unlikely to feature in either Thursday's Pokal tie of Bayern's weekend fixture.

Chris Richards.
Chris Richards.

The German footballing punditry voiced their fair share of support for USMNT candidate Chris Richards after Bayern acquired Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr on deadline day. Most famously, transfer expert Dieter Hamann spoke up on SkyGermany's deadline day broadcast.


"I don't understand this transfer," Hamann said, "With Chris Richards you have someone who can play this position. Bringing in Sarr blocks a chance for a homegrown player to play 15 or 20 games this season. This could have been solved differently."

Hamann's opinion notwithstanding, it looks as if Bayern plans to use Sarr as the regular back-up to Benjamin Pavard. As exciting a breakthrough candidate as Richards may be, the Southerner appeared destined for third place on the depth chart even before his injury.

An individualized training program, like that reported by Ligainsider and several German papers, usually connotes that a player has some way to go before being reintegrated into the team. It may be some weeks before Richards makes another appearance.


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