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James and Arjen Robben feature in final training, while David Alaba sat out

Only Jupp Heynckes knows what the starting XI will look like tomorrow against Real Madrid, but reports out of practice might have given us a hint.

Bayern Muenchen Training And Press Conference Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Tobias Altschäffl of SportBild was at the final training session for Bayern Munich and has reported that the final lineup used by Jupp Heynckes was as follows: Sven Ulreich - Rafinha, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich - Javi Martinez - Thomas Müller, James Rodriguez - Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery - Robert Lewandowski.

Notable omissions from that lineup include David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara. Bild is reporting that Alaba will “probably miss” the game with his lingering sciatic (back/thigh) issues, while Thiago appears to be the odd-man out in the “Who should start?” triangle he was in with Robben and James.

It doesn’t look good for David Alaba! The Austrian will probably miss the Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday because of thigh problems. Corentin Tolisso looks better than Alaba. The Frenchman trained with the team after his shin bruise.

Alaba’s injury has been a roller coaster ride of news and updates; but it now appears that his injury may not be healed in time to face Real Madrid. If Altschäffl’s lineup is correct, Rafinha would start in place of Alaba.

To add further intrigue, Eurosport is reporting that Alaba is still questionable despite missing training this morning.

Bad news for all Bayern fans. David Alaba missed the final training session. It is questionable whether he can play against Real Madrid.

Heynckes and Jerome Boateng will be part of a press conference at 13:30 CEST (7:30AM EST), which could shed additional light on the news from this morning’s practice session.


In his press conference this morning, Heynckes indicated that no final decision on Alaba would be made until tomorrow.

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