His knee injury recurred
Crisis for both team and Kim Min-jae
Bayern Munich, the reigning champions of the German professional soccer Bundesliga, suffered an early exit from a
cup competition after losing to a third-division team, leaving them without a central defender in Kim Min-jae.
The Bavarians fell 1-2 to FC Saarbrücken (third division) in the second round of the DFB-Pokal 2023-2024 at the
Ludwigsparkstadion in Saarbrücken, Germany on Sunday (Feb. 2).
With the score tied 1-1, Marcel Gauss scored the winning goal in second-half stoppage time for Saarbrücken.
With the loss, Munich, which holds the record for most wins in the competition (20), failed to win the title for the
fourth consecutive season after the 2019-2020 season.
Before the shock of the loss had even worn off, there was the added complication of a power outage.
The Bavarians took to their official channels after the game to confirm the injury to central defender Mathias der
Licht, who was substituted in the 25th minute due to illness.
Der Licht had recently returned to action after a three-week break following a knee injury against Bochum.
However, he injured the same area again and will be out of action for a while.
With the loss of Der Licht, Munich, who had previously had a team with Kim and Der Licht, including specialist
center back Dayot Upamecano, were left without a central defender.
It’s bad news for both the team and Kim. The Bavarians now have a crucial league game on the horizon, traveling to
Dortmund on Nov. 5. Currently second in the league, the Bavarians need to beat Dortmund, who are two points
behind them in fourth place, to stay in the hunt and leapfrog them into first place. However, the team is not at full strength.
Kim Min-jae’s physical overload is set to get worse. Having recently played 11 consecutive full-time matches (seven
in the regular season, three in the UEFA Cup, and one in the Pokal), he now has the psychological burden of being the sole central defender. 슬롯사이트