Brazil defender Dante is set to miss Bayern Munich’s opening pre-season warm-up tournament at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday after picking up an injury while playing beach football on holiday.
Bayern face hosts Moenchengladbach, Hamburg and Augsburg in a mini-tournament as the German champions begin their preparations for the new Bundesliga season on August 14 when they host Hamburg in Munich.
Centre-back Dante, 31, picked up a leg injury while playing footvolley — a popular mix of football and beach volleyball — at home in Salvador, Brazil.
“Dante trained a lot on holiday and also played a bit of football, where he suffered a small tear in a muscle,” explained Bayern Munich’s director of sport Matthias Sammer.
It means Spain international Javi Martinez is the only fit centre-back Bayern coach Pep Guardiola currently has at his disposal as Dante recovers from the minor set back.
Bayern are set to present their team on Saturday in Munich before travelling to Moenchengladbach with new signing, Brazil winger Douglas Costa included for the first time since his 30 million euros ($33.1m) transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk