Given Bayern Munich’s insanely hectic schedule, it did not seem completely out of the ordinary that Hansi Flick subbed both Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka out of the lineup at halftime of his squad’s nervy 2-1 win over a feisty Lokomotive Moscow side in Champions League play on Tuesday. Rest, however, was not the primary driver for the substitution. Per Bild reporter Heiko Niedderer, both Müller and Goretzka were battling injuries in the first half of the game:
Update bei den zur Pause ausgewechselten Müller und Goretzka: Müller hatte die letzten Tage leichte muskuläre Probleme, sollte geschont werden. Goretzka im Spiel Wadenprobleme, deshalb Vorsichtsmaßnahme. Flick hofft, dass nichts ernstes. #LOKFCB— Heiko Niedderer (@itstheicebird) October 27, 2020
Update for Müller and Goretzka, who were replaced at the break: Müller had slight muscular problems the last few days and was held out. Goretzka had calf problems in the game, so a precaution was taken. Flick hopes it is nothing serious. #LOKFC
At this point, it sounds as if both Müller and Goretzka were held out in hopes of limiting further damage. If Flick is correct and neither player has a substantial injury, the manager may still be inclined to sit the duo out this weekend against FC Köln.