Lost in all of the celebrations of Bayern Munich's massive win over Werder Bremen on Saturday is the fact that David Alaba was removed from the match at halftime. Nothing was really reported about it, and he didn't appear to be really laboring on the field as the first half came to a close.
However, yes, he had suffered a minor injury of some sort during the first half, as you can tell from the photograph at the top of the page. After the match, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Alaba suffered "a knock" and admitted that they took him off, on the advice of team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, mostly as a precaution ahead of Tuesday's Italian trip.
It's important to look at the next 21 days for FC Bayern. The schedule is busy.
- October 21 - @ AS Roma - Champions League
- October 26 - @ Borussia Mönchengladbach - Bundesliga
- October 29 - @ Hamburg - DFB Pokal
- November 1 - Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
- November 5 - AS Roma - Champions League
- November 8 - @ Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga
While it's not murder's row, the games ahead will be challenging and require Bayern to be at their best. At the end of this run, Bayern could potentially have one foot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, advance to the third round of the DFB Pokal, and increase their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to at least 7 games and over Dortmund to 16 points!
This is why Bayern should look into resting Alaba ahead of Tuesday's match if he is indeed suffering from even the slightest of injury. Juan Bernat has shown on many occasions that he is capable of playing that wide left position, and Bayern does have the ability work around not having Alaba in the midfield.
However, if Alaba is ready to go without any pain in his leg, then run him out there in Rome on Tuesday and let's take all three points.