Philipp Lahm to Miss Next Two Matches with Thigh Pull

Adam Pretty

The captain will miss games against Eintracht Braunschweig and FC Augsburg

While his injury was a sigh of relief for his club, Philipp Lahm will sit out the next two matches with a thigh injury.

Bayern Munich reevaluated the 30-year-old in Munich on Thursday after initially diagnosing the injury as a dead leg. The club is now divulging a "pull in the back of his right thigh", and will need time to recover.

Lahm pulled up lame after he and Arjen Robben were breaking forward off a CSKA Moskva corner halfway through the first half in FC Bayern's fifth Champions League Group Match. Manager Pep Guardiola took his captain off the pitch two minutes later, putting in Thiago Alcântara in his place.

The alleged matches Lahm would miss would be Bundesliga matchday 14 at Eintracht Braunschweig and the third round of the DFB Pokal against FC Augsburg in Allianz Arena. FC Bayern have already defeated Augsburg at home 3-0, and Braunschweig has collected eight points on 13 matches.

The immediate beneficiary of Lahm's shelving is likely Thiago. Javier Martínez, having started four of the last five games, will likely move into the single pivot role, leaving space for the 22-year-old next to Toni Kroos in the starting XI.

Lahm now joins Bastian Schweinsteiger (ankle), Franck Ribéry (rib), Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh), Claudio Pizarro (thigh), and Hogler Badstuber (knee) in the injury department, although Shaqiri and Pizarro are both somewhat close to full training.

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