After suffering a defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal semis, Bayern Munich encounters yet another setback as Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben are sidelined due to injuries.
Lewandowski suffered a broken jaw and nose after he collided with goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak in the 116th minute of the match. He was not substituted, as Bayern has already used up all three of their changes; however, he was taken out of the deciding penalty shootout, where Bayern missed all of their opportunities. He was then sent to a hospital after the match for a CT scan. However, his squad refused to rule him out for their next games.
The 28-year old striker was also optimistic that he would be able to return for the Bavarians’ last few matches. In his Twitter account, Lewandowski said that he is hoping to be available on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League semis match against Barcelona.
Lewandowski proved to be an important component in the match with Dortmund, as he was the one to open scoring for Bayern after sinking in the first goal in the first goal of the night in the first half. He has now amassed 23 goals in his 43 appearance4s this season and has already made 12 assists. Lewandowski was greatly utilized during the absence of Robben and Frank Ribery due to injuries.
On the other hand, Robben, who was just returning from his latest injury, is expected to be out for the remainder of the season. The 31-year old winger fell to the ground, clutching his calf and was sent limping off the field just 16 minutes after he went into the match. Tests revealed thgat he had a torn calf muscle. This is the latest in a series of injuries that has plagued Robben for much of the season.
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara was also injured after being knocked down in the match, but the team has yet to give an update to his status.