Just because players on German
Bundesliga clubs are limited to training in small groups without contact, that doesn't mean there isn't a concern about injuries.
Frenchman Corentin Tolisso, a member of the 2018 World Cup championship team, was injured minutes into Bayern Munich's first practice after teams were allowed to resume limited training under strict protocols. The ankle injury was so serious it required surgery to repair ligament damage, and Tolisso's season is likely over.
Borussia Dortmund's giant French defender, Dan Axel Zagadou, suffered a knee injury in training and will miss several weeks.
The latest injury: U.S. national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen was diagnosed with knee ligament damage on Monday following an examination after he was injured in training with Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday.
In his first season at Duesseldorf, on loan from Manchester City, Steffen started all 17 games in the first half of the season and earned three Team of the Week citations from kicker last fall but has not played since December, having suffered from knee tendinitis. He missed the USA's wins over Canada and Cuba in the Concacaf Nations League in November as he rested his knee.
Steffen went to Manchester to get further tests on his knee and was still rehabbing when play was halted in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortuna Duesseldorf won just one of seven games after the break and sits in 16th place in the 18-team Bundesliga, facing a promotion-relegation playoff series if it finished the season in that position.
Fortuna sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said Steffen suffered a different knee injury unrelated to the condition he suffered with previously.
"With Zack Steffen it is particularly annoying," he said on Monday. "We had only just got a grip on his patellar tendon problems thanks to hard work."