The upcoming international break is going to cause problems for Bundesliga players who have been called up to their national squads for the set of European World Cup Qualifiers that are scheduled to take place at the end of the month. If players were to travel to certain countries, that would be forced by a federal mandate to quarantine for at least 14 days upon re-entry into Germany and would thus miss league matches for their respective clubs. Joachim Low has already confirmed that the Premier League German players will not be in the Die Mannschaft squad (Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernd Leno).
From a Bayern Munich perspective, both David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski face roadblocks with the schedules of Austria and Poland, respectively. Austria plays Scotland (away), the Faroe Islands (home), and then Denmark (home). Poland plays Hungary (away), Andorra (home), and then England (away). Both Alaba and Lewandowski would have to quarantine once arriving back in Munich if they were to take part in all three matches for their nations.
Speaking after Bayern’s 2-1 second leg win over Lazio in the Champions League, Hansi Flick provided a brief update on the situations of both Alaba and Lewandowski (Tz). “Alaba won’t be at the first game in Scotland. For Lewandowski we’re waiting again to see what the authorities say. We still have a few days left,” he said.
Thankfully for Alaba, missing the trip to Hampden Park to take on Scotland means he shouldn’t have to quarantine when he gets back to Munich and he will be available to face RB Leipzig on April 3rd as long as he’s fully fit. As for Lewandowski, the match in question is Poland’s last of their three qualifiers against England, which is still set to take place at Wembley stadium in London. There’s been discussions about trying to get the venue moved to a neutral location outside of the U.K, but nothing has been agreed upon yet, so Lewandowski faces a tough decision. If he chooses to play in that game, he will have to quarantine and risk missing the Leipzig clash for Bayern since the federal mandate lasts through the end of the month.