On Tuesday, Bayern Munich's "season" is on the line when FC Porto visit the Allianz Arena. The Bavarians are down 1-3 after the disastrous first leg in Porto, and it's going to take a tremendous effort from Bayern to advance on the day.
As we've become accustomed to at this point in the season, the questions immediately turn to which FC Bayern players are actually going to be available for the match. With the injury bug ravaging it's way through the club once again, Pep Guardiola won't have anywhere near the full selection of players available to him.
Juan Bernat was the victim of a nasty challenge from Sebastian Rudy in the first half of FC Bayern's 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim. While he was able to finish the first half, Bernat was removed at halftime for what was later described as precautionary reasons. After the match, Guardiola said hat he expects his fellow countryman to play against Porto.
There's also good news on the Bastian Schweinsteiger front. He's returned to training! While he was recovered from his ankle problems last week, Bastian came down with a bad case of the flu. It caused him to miss even more time. However, Schweinsteiger has finally gotten over the illness and looks to play a part in the second leg against Porto on Tuesday.
Bayern have been waiting for Franck Ribery to return from his injury for quite some time, and as of now, it doesn't look like Ribery will take part in the match. "Let's wait and see," Guardiola said, "but I think Franck can't play."
Unfortunately, Bayern will still be without many elite players heading into the match with Porto. Guardiola will have to wait for the return of Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Mehdi Benatia, Javi Martínez and Tom Starke.