Arjen Robben has been ruled out for the rest of Bayern Munich’s season, while Robert Lewandowski appears set to suffer the same fate.
Bayern’s injury-hit state has been in the headlines in recent weeks, with long-time club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt quitting over claims his medical team had been blamed for the defeat to Porto in the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s side overcame a 3-1 loss in Portugal to win 7-4 on aggregate and set up a semi-final with the head coach’s former club Barcelona, but they will enter that tie without their two top scorers.
Robben tore a calf muscle in Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund, while Lewandowski suffered a fractured jaw, a broken nose and concussion in a heavy challenge with opposition goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.
The Australian goalkeeper’s fists clattered into Lewandowski’s face as they contested a high ball, though referee Peter Gagelmann did not see any infringement.
Tied 1-1 in extra time when Lewandowski was forced off, Bayern went on to lose on penalties to 10-man Dortmund – ending their hopes of a Bundesliga, Pokal and Champions League treble.
Lewandowski tweeted on Wednesday: “Its a few more days till the match at Camp Nou, i really hope i will be able to play!”
Robben will end an injury-plagued season with an impressive 17 goals in just 21 outings, despite being hampered by knee and abdominal issues.
The Dutchman’s recent absence had been offset somewhat by Lewandowski’s impressive nine-goal return from his last 12 games, but Bayern’s already-stretched resources now look set to be hugely tested when they face a rampant Barcelona side, who have all won all but one of their last 15 games.
A glimmer of light for Bayern fans came in the form of former Barca midfielder Thiago confirming he had suffered no injury, having also being withdrawn in Tuesday’s game.
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