Update: 3:05PM EST
Bayern Munich’s official list of injuries is as follows (per FCBayern.com):
Robert Lewandowski will probably have to be patient. “Robert is making an excellent impression, but the game against Leverkusen may well come too soon. We hope he’ll be involved on Saturday,” explained Flick. In addition, Niklas Süle (muscular problems), Corentin Tolisso (ruptured tendon), Douglas Costa (rehabilitative training after a hairline fracture in his metatarsal) as well as Marc Roca, who’s not 100% fit and Serge Gnabry, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, will all miss the game.
Oddly, neither Leroy Sane nor Lucas Hernandez were listed after picking up knocks over the weekend. In fact, Tz captured this tidbit from Flick’s presser, which seems to indicate Hernandez and Sane will be a go...and also that Alaba must have gotten banged up somewhere along the way (he’ll still be available):
“David Alaba trained, Leroy Sané too. Everyone who was on the score sheet at the weekend will be there.”
Well, that was a hell of a weekend, eh?
Sure, Bayern Munich picked up a well-deserved victory over Wolfsburg, but the bigger news just snowballed from there.
First, we saw Hans Flick effectively submit his resignation through the media and then we had the European Super League bombshell drop on Sunday.
A boring few days, this was not.
As of now, the plan for Flick is to finish out the season and then move on (presumably to the DFB), but the Bayern Munich board might not make that a smooth transition out.
Regardless, Flick has to manage another key game on Tuesday against Bayer Leverkusen. The Bavarians will be the clear favorites over Die Werkself, which has fallen apart in the Rückrunde.
As for how Bayern Munich will line up, Flick will have some interesting choices. Leon Goretzka is expected to be back in the fold, which will create some movement. Meanwhile, Jamal Musiala has shown that he is currently the team’s most effective winger at the moment. Given that, Musiala should stay on the pitch regardless of how Leroy Sane or Kingsley Coman feel physically.
Some people might be calling for Thomas Müller to start at striker and to have Musiala slot in behind him, but Bayern Munich is actively trying to convince Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to sign a contract extension. This means that until Lewandowski returns, there will be a steady diet of Choupo Flakes in the lineup.
With Goretzka back and ready to go, David Alaba should slide back to his role at center-back, but this is where it gets really interesting.
Alphonso Davies has scuffled throughout this season and it’s hard to pinpoint whether this is injury-related or the young Canadian is just struggling with poor form. Regardless, with Goretzka healthy, we could see Flick opt to rest Davies and start Hernandez on the left defensive flank.
This is what we think the injury/illness list looks like enter the match:
- Serge Gnabry (COVID-19 — OUT)
- Robert Lewandowski (knee injury — OUT)
- Douglas Costa (foot injury — OUT)
- Corentin Tolisso (muscle injury — OUT)
- Niklas Sule (muscle injury — OUT)*
- Marc Roca (muscle injury — OUT)*
(* = updated)
Anyway, this is what I would do if I was filling out the lineup sheet against Bayer Leverkusen:
- Sane in for Musiala at right-wing.
- Davies for Hernandez at left-back.