FC Bayern Munich also has to play the away game in the DFB Cup at FC Augsburg without national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
"It's a bit of a tightrope walk. It's still the case that he's in pain. The weekend with Hoffenheim is now the target," said Julian Nagelsmann before the Bavarian showdown on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / Sky and ZDF).
Neuer (36) had already missed the Bundesliga win against Freiburg and the Champions League duel with Pilsen due to a shoulder injury. "It's not a conscious break," Nagelsmann replied when asked whether Neuer would be spared with a view to the World Cup. "It's just adapted to the situation. He just has a restricted movement. Any lifting movements with his arm hurt him."
Thomas Müller (33), who recently had to take a break due to a muscular problem in his back, will accompany the team to FCA. "He was able to complete the final training session 100 percent today. It's not for the start, but for the squad," said Nagelsmann. Defender Noussair Mazraoui will also take part. A use of the 24-year-old seems unlikely after the cramp in the game against Freiburg.
Nagelsmann described Leroy Sané's failure as "annoying". The football teacher expects a downtime of several weeks. "It's not a huge muscle fiber tear, but it is one. Two or three weeks tend to be there. I'm more like three," said the 35-year-old.
FC Bayern has been warned about the second round game. The German record champions lost two of their last three competitive games against FC Augsburg, both games away at the WWK Arena. "Basically, it's an issue that this shouldn't happen to us a third time," said Nagelsmann. Bayern have suffered more than two away defeats in a row, most recently at Paris Saint-Germain (four from 1994 to 2017).
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