Germany's coach Joachim Loew attends a press conference on the eve of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier Group C football match Estonia vs Germany, on Oct 12, 2019 in Tallinn. (RAUL MEE / AFP)
BERLIN - There seems no shortage when it comes to encouraging messages for heavily knee injured Niklas Suele.
Manchester City star and Bayern target Leroy Sane was the latest prominent arrival on the 24-year-old's mailbox. "Get well soon, Bro. Come back stronger!" the winger wrote. The 21-year-old might be the best comforter as he is recovering from a similar injury.
Who made it once is going to make it a second time
While Sane is expected to return to action beginning of 2020, Suele's return remained uncertain. His operation in Austria revealed further difficulties as not only the ligament on his left knee had to be replaced, but his meniscus is affected.
And German coach Joachim Loew faced a more significant problem as Bayern president Uli Hoeness indicated that the 24 times capped defender might not be back in time for the 2020 European Championships.
"Forget about that, no chance. He is suffering from the most horrible injury you can get," Hoeness said.
Predictions seem hard to make as it is Suele's second knee injury after 2014. "Who made it once is going to make it a second time," Suele said.
Munich's defender Niklas Suele (C) is helped off after a injury during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg v Bayern Munich in Augsburg, southern Germany on Oct 19 2019. (CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)
Loew is running out of options after he had dismissed Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, and is facing a controversial debate about a possible return of the 30-year-old Dortmund defender.
Former German international Lothar Matthaeus, Stefan Effenberg, and Thomas Helmer demanded Loew to change his mind and give Hummels a call.
The 2014 world champion confirmed he would be happy to return.
Loew until now insisted on counting on a new generation to build a back-row around the Bayern defender
What makes things worse for Loew is the fact that the Bayern defender is the country's best in his sprinting abilities as well as his leadership on the pitch.
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