Update: 7:05AM EST
According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, Niklas Süle’s injury now has a timetable and it will not please Bayern Munich fans.
Per Plettenberg, Süle is unlikely to be available for the Champions League quarterfinals and might not be able to return to the lineup until Bayern Munch squares off with Borussia Dortmund (currently slated for April 23rd):
Update #Süle: Voraussichtliche Ausfallzeit 3-4 Wochen. Einsatz im Viertelfinale der CL unwahrscheinlich. Erster Ersatz ist Upamecano. Daher weiterhin Dreierkette. Mögliche Rückkehr ausgerechnet gegen den BVB Ende April, vielleicht früher. @SkySportsNews #FCBayern— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 17, 2022
Update #Süle : Estimated downtime 3-4 weeks. Use in the quarterfinals of the CL unlikely. First substitute is Upamecano. Therefore continue to triple chain. Possible return against BVB at the end of April, maybe earlier. @SkySportsNews #FCBayern
Süle’s ailment should push Dayot Upamecano back into the starting XI against Union Berlin to accompany Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard on the backline in Julian Nagelsmann’s back three-based formation:
Niklas Süle tore a muscle fiber in his right rear thigh during training on Wednesday. This means that the 26-year-old central defender from FC Bayern is out for the time being.
The timing of this injury is pretty awful for Süle and the club alike. The Germany international is winding down his time on Säbener Straße before he moves to Borussia Dortmund this summer, but the 26-year-old has arguably been the team’s best defender this season.
During a key stretch of the campaign, losing Süle is definitely a big blow. Hopefully, the defender can heal quickly and be ready to make an impact when he returns.