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Thomas Müller sidelined by a muscle tear for 5-6 weeks

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Müller may miss not only Bayern Munich’s upcoming games against Leipzig, but the rest of 2017.

Hamburger SV v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Just moments after replacing James Rodriguez and providing an assist for the game-winning goal, Thomas Müller suffered a non-contact leg injury and had to leave the game. According to Sport Bild, after initial examinations, Müller has been ruled out of both Bayern's upcoming clashes with third-place RB Leipzig: the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (Oct. 25) and the next Bundesliga matchday (Oct. 28).

Bad news for FC Bayern: according to Sport Bild's information, Thomas Müller will not be available for the next two matches against Leipzig.

Müller will undergo further examinations today to determine the full extent of the injury and how long he ultimately will need to recuperate.

The injury presents Jupp Heynckes with yet another tactical headache. Just as key defensive midfielder Javi Martinez is widely anticipated to return to the starting lineup, Heynckes now must replace Müller. Unless James Rodriguez can dramatically improve his performance, Heynckes may be forced to move Thiago from his position in Bayern's double pivot to central attack midfielder or opt for a different formation altogether, such as a 4-3-3.

Update: Müller out 5-6 weeks

Bild has reported that Thomas Müller's injury is indeed far worse than initially thought. According to the German magazine, Müller has been diagnosed with a muscle tear that will sideline him for approximately 5-6 weeks.

Here the exact diagnosis. Torn muscle bundle, Thomas Müller may face 5-6 weeks recovery.

The injury to Bayern Munich's talismanic player comes at a crucial time for the team, as decisive matches in the DFB Pokal and the Champions League group stages loom ahead. An absence of a month and a half at this point in the season could indeed mean that Müller may not play again until January 2018.