Updates from Sunday, June 15
Bastian Schweinsteiger was forced to visit the hospital yesterday, according to Sky Sports' Staff, via Fox Sports.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was airlifted to hospital on Saturday, although there are no concerns about him not being fit to face Portugal on Monday.
The Bayern Munich midfielder was taken to hospital from Germany's World Cup base by helicopter to have a scan on the knee injury he picked up during a training camp in South Tyrol last month.
However, there is no risk of him not being fit for Germany's first match in the World Cup - the hospital visit was just an obligatory check-up for insurance purposes.
Updates from Wednesday, May 27
Bastian Schweinsteiger appears ready to help Germany's bid for World Cup glory after he trained with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.
Reuters provides the update via Eurosport:
Germany's hopes of having a fully fit squad at next month's World Cup in Brazil received a boost on Wednesday when holding midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira trained with the team for the first time.
Both players appeared to be moving freely on the pitch on a sunny day in the Italian Alps, the site of Germany's pre-tournament training camp.
Updates from Friday, May 16
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out of the DFB Pokal final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Pep Guardiola confirmed, via Bayern's official Twitter:
Updates from Monday, May 12
Bastian Schweinsteiger is doubtful for the DFB Pokal final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund due to a knee injury.
Bayern released a brief statement on Monday, reported by Reuters via Eurosport:
"He has to reduce training intensity for a few days and will have an individual training programme."
Pep Guardiola is not ruling his midfielder out of the showdown, but admits the injury doesn't look good ahead of the May 17 contest, per ESPN FC:
Bastian told me that he has problems with his left knee. The doctor told me that it is the patella tendon. We still have a few days, and I have hope.
Fans of both Bayern Munich and the German national team were on edge Saturday morning, as star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger had to leave Bayern's contest against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
From the team's official Twitter account:
With both the DFB-Pokal final between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund forthcoming and June's World Cup a month away, an injury now is the last thing Schweinsteiger would have desired. And the German national team may have taken another blow on Saturday, as Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian tweeted:
Reus and Schweinsteiger both went off injured today...— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) May 10, 2014
Reus is, of course, Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund's star winger and likely an important contributor for Germany in Brazil. A worrying day for one of the World Cup favorites, surely.
As per Schweinsteiger, he's once again been a vital piece for Bayern Munich this season. In 22 total appearances in Bundesliga play, he's earned a 7.29 average match rating from WhoScored.com, notching four goals and four assists. He also appeared in eight Champions League matches for the club, scoring four goals and earning a 7.12 mark from WhoScored.com for his efforts.
A sturdy midfielder, Schweinsteiger is responsible defensively but also instigates the attack with his precise passing and smart movement. He can also strike from deep on occasion and is one of the smarter players in Germany. You certainly don't earn the captain's armband at Bayern Munich if you aren't a heck of a player.
With a DFB-Pokal final upcoming—that may be more important symbolically than anything else after the disappointment in the Champions League semifinal—and the World Cup after that, Schweinsteiger's health will now become a matter of national concern, one would imagine.
He'd surely be a vital cog in Germany's midfield in Brazil. The Germans have the depth to survive his loss, but he's also not the type of player who is easily replaced.