What on earth is going on at Bayern Munich this season?
The German giants are really going through goalkeepers at the moment, with their top THREE first-choice shot-stoppers currently sidelined.
That means newly appointed academy coach Tom Starke – who originally announced his retirement from playing in May – had to dust off his goalkeeping gloves this afternoon in their match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Bundesliga leaders are currently missing their main man Manuel Neuer – who looks set to be out until March after fracturing his metatarsal – which means Sven Ulreich had been given a good run out between the sticks this season.
But things reached a new level of ridiculous when Ulreich pulled up with an injury during his warm-up ahead of today’s game.
And it gets worse, with 17-year-old academy graduate Christian Fruechtl also out with a knock.
Starke – who mainly coaches in the club’s academy, but has also been named in the club’s Champions League squad this season – made his 100th Bundesliga appearance in the game against Eintracht and even managed to keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 win, which firmly keeps Bayern at the top of the table.
Not bad for a retiree, eh?
The former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg stopper has been with the club since 2012, but has barely played in that time thanks to the constant presence of Neuer.
Still, he has won 13 trophies and remains a firm favourite with the club’s supporters.