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Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez leave match injured (update!)

Jerome Boateng likely suffered a serious muscular injury, while Javi Martinez should be fit for the return leg. Arjen Robben is questionable, but not definitively out.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 25: Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen walks of with an injury during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on April 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Boateng is helped off the field by team doctor Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Robben out early

Disaster struck within the opening minutes of the match. Arjen Robben went down with a leg or foot injury, It isn’t clear what exactly happened. Team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt treated Robben briefly on the sidelines, but the veteran winger could not continue. It is a shame. Robben was in particularly good spirits before the opening whistle.

He was replaced by Thiago Alcantara, thus shifting the lineup from a 4-1-4-1 to a more conventional 4-2-3-1 with Thomas Müller on the right wing.

According to Sport Bild’s Tobias Altschäffl,

Regarding his injury, Robben says only: “Wait, morning.” Then together with his family he is the first to leave.

After the match, Jupp Heynckes said, “We hope it’s not so bad.”

Boateng suffers groin injury

Bayern remained in the game, but trouble struck yet again when Jerome Boateng made a daring solo sprint up the pitch in a vain effort to create a chance for Robert Lewandowski. Boateng appeared to have sprained his left groin as he made a final stretch for the ball to send it on to Lewandowski. He likewise was treated by Müller-Wohlfahrt, but limped off the pitch and went directly to the tunnel.

Boateng was replaced by Niklas Süle. Losing Boateng is a major blow to Bayern and potentially also the German national team. Heynckes stated, “It’s something muscular with Jerome; he’ll probably be out.”

Javi Martinez with possible concussion

And the coup de grace occurred in the 75th minute, when Javi Martinez made way for Corentin Tolisso after colliding on an aerial challenge in Real Madrid’s box.

“Javi took a blow to the temple and was dizzy,” Heynckes reported after the match. He declined to say whether the three players might be able to play in the second leg in Madrid.

We don’t want to speculate. We have to wait for the examination tomorrow.

As to the second leg, Heynckes said, “We’ll give it our all again in Madrid.”


Per Sport Bild’s Tobias Altschäffl (tweeting at 3am German time—Respekt!), Bayern have some hope that one, maybe two of their three injured stars may be able to play in the return leg in Madrid:

UPDATE: With Robben, there is a glimmer of hope for the second leg in Madrid. For Boateng, the thigh-injury file seems to have been reopened, definitely serious, diagnosis Thursday. Martinez: so far everything ok, second leg not in jeopardy.

We will watch for official confirmation from the club as to the seriousness of the injuries and post updates.

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