With Borussia Dortmund only six points clear of Bayern Munich, a win would be huge going into the winter break. Unfortunately, Niko Kovac will have limited options in this clash against his former team, Eintracht Frankfurt.
Serge Gnabry suffered a torn left thigh muscle early on in Wednesday’s game against Leipzig. While there is no current timetable, Gnabry will miss tomorrow’s game but hopefully return soon. In any event, Gnabry has a nice break to use for recovery and rehabilitation.
Renato Sanches picked up a red card against Leipzig and will be serving his suspension. The 21-year-old was pivotal in the buildup to the game-winning goal, and his energy will be missed against Frankfurt.
Arjen Robben will remain out with a leg injury he sustained a few weeks back. This is probably more of a case of Kovac avoiding unnecessary risks, so he can make sure he’ll have a full squad in January. Still, even having Robben as an option to bring on off the bench would be great.
On the bright side, it appears that Kingsley Coman and Jerome Boateng will be available after both battled slight injuries earlier in the week:
#Kovac on the state of squad, after @ArjenRobben and @SergeGnabry were ruled out for the rest of the year: "@JB17Official will be back in training today, as will Kingsley #Coman, after recovering from a knock to his foot."#SGEFCB #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/560ARckgYD— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 21, 2018
With all the injury news out of the way, here’s how some of us here at BFW think Kovac will set up his team: