Leon Goretzka, recovered from his covid-19 infection, will start on Tuesday in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League
with the Bayern Munich
Front of Lazio
, but other important players of the German champion are still out.
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“Leon was very well examined and has no sequel (…) He will start against Lazio,” said his coach, Hansi Flick, who already had the midfielder play on Saturday in the second half against Eintracht Frankfurt (defeat by 2-1).
Goretzka’s absence has been problematic for the Munich team. His first substitute, Corentin Tolisso, is injured (thigh tendon) and the other option, the Spanish Marc Roca, has not offered a good level.
On the other hand, central defender Niklas Süle, recently used as a winger to cover Benjamin Pavard’s loss (covid-19), “is slightly touched” and did not train this Monday, Flick announced.
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In case of not being able to play in Rome, “moving Kimmich to the right back is an option,” added the coach.
The other important absentees are Thomas Müller
(covid-19), irreplaceable in its role of free verse throughout the attack front, and both ends Serge Gnabry (muscle tear) and the Brazilian Douglas Costa (bone fissure in the foot).
Substitute goalkeeper Alexander Nübel and young central defender Tanguy Nianzou are also out, leaving Flick little choice should he want to make adjustments during the match.
To think about now: Bayern Munich and Lazio face this Tuesday for the Champions League