Lewandowski to miss Celtic game

BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Robert Lewandowski of Muenchen reacts during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Weserstadion on August 26, 2017 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich’s striker, Robert Lewandowski, is set to miss the upcoming Champions League clash with Celtic.

The two teams will meet on Tuesday in the fourth round of Group B in Champions League, at Celtic Park. And the Bavarians have now confirmed on their official website that their main striker, Robert Lewandowski has not travelled with his team-mates.

The Polish striker was taken off the Bundesliga clash against RB Leipzig at the weekend, accusing thigh problems and his manager, Jupp Heynckes decided to take absolutely no risks, in order to have his main goalscorer ready for next weekend, when the Bavarians will play against Borussia Dortmund.

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Bayern’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said about Lewandowski’s absence: “If we had played against Real Madrid, he might have gone. The coach does not want to risk anything as Saturday’s game, which is very important for us, is in the back of his mind.”

The Bavarians don’t really have a viable option for the central striker position, as Lewandowski is the only important player that can play in that position. Bayern have used Kwasi Okyere Wriedt in that position lately, but the 23-year-old is not registered for Champions League. Therefore, the German champions included U19 striker Manuel Wintzheimer in the squad that made the trip to Glasgow.

Kingsley Coman has also returned to the team after missing the match against RB Leipzig, due to a knee injury. However, Juan Bernat, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer remain out of action through injuries.

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