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The Polish striker stays home, but Kingsley Coman is on the trip

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FC Bayern Munich boarded the plane for Glasgow, Scotland this Monday morning, for their Champions League clash with Celtic on Tuesday night, but Robert Lewandowski was nowhere to be seen.

The Polish striker had complained of slight muscle tightness in his thigh during the Bundesliga showdown with RB Leipzig on Saturday, immediately after scoring a goal, and was taken out as a precaution at the end of the first half. He described it as “like a cramp”.

Coach Jupp Heynckes decided to err on the side of caution, and left his leading scorer behind in Munich. As club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the customary press conference at the airport:

If we had been playing Real Madrid, he may have possibly come along. Sure, the coach didn’t want to risk anything, he has the Saturday game [against Dortmund] in the back of his mind, which is very important for us.

Rummenigge lamented the missing of Lewandowski, along with the other offensive stars Thomas Müller and Franck Ribery, but was confident that Heynckes would find a solution. He also calmed the fans, saying he was confident Lewy’s injury was merely “a story of a few days. We can assume that he will surely be on the field on Saturday.”

On the bright side, French winger Kingsley Coman was on the plane, after having been taken off due to knee soreness in the DFB Pokal clash with Leipzig last Wednesday, and left off the roster completely in the Bundesliga repeat three days later in order to rest him. Whether he plays or not will be decided by the coach once the team is in Scotland.