Germany coach Joachim Low has confirmed that Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss the upcoming friendlies against England and Italy after picking up a knee injury while training with the national side.
The German Football Association revealed on Wednesday morning that Schweinsteiger would fly to Munich for an MRI scan in order to find out the full extent of the injury.
The news would have come as a blow to Louis van Gaal as Schweinsteiger had only just returned following a lengthy absence. Low admitted that the outlook “does not look positive” for the former Bayern Munich midfielder.
“Schweinsteiger has injured his medial collateral ligament. He cannot play in our two games,” Low said.
“We have to wait for the results, but it does not look positive. We expect a call from Dr. Muller-Wohlfarth today.”
Schweinsteiger’s knee has caused him a lot of trouble since the start of the year and he has barely featured for Man United.
Optimism surrounding the veteran had returned following some encouraging cameos from the bench in recent weeks but it now looks like he is back to square one. It is an injury that United certainly could have done without.