A day after their semifinal loss in the DFB-Pokal, Bayern Munich revealed Wednesday morning Arjen Robben is out for the season with a muscle tear in his left calf. Robert Lewandowski has also suffered a fractured jaw and a broken nose along with a concussion. Bayern could be without their two leading goal scorers for the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
Robben returned to the pitch for the first time since his abdominal injury, replacing Thiago in the second half. The Dutchman needed to be subbed off after a quarter of an hour, going to ground trying to accelerate after a pass in midfield. Mario Götze finished out the rest of the match in his place.
Lewandowski's injury came on the second half or extra time, colliding with Mitchell Langerak while both were going for a cross from Jérôme Boateng. Lewandowski came back onto the pitch for the final four minutes of the match, but he was then rushed to a nearby hospital to get an MRI.
The injuries now remove two of Bayern's leading goal scorers from the equation for crucial matches the rest of the season. The two have combined for 42 goals in all competitions, which accounts for 37 percent of the goals Bayern have scored.
However, Lewandowski is optimistic that he can return for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in a week's time.
Its a few more days till the match at Camp Nou, i really hope i will be able to play!— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) April 29, 2015
The silver lining to these continued injury woes is that Thiago Alcantara, who Robben came on for, "only" has a bruise. He could be available next week as well, if not at the weekend against Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern will play up to six matches left on their fixture list, seven if they make the Champions League final. With continued misfortune in the injury department, Pep Guardiola is going to have to find another different solution in order to see out his second campaign with Bayern.