FC Bayern Munich will take on TSG Hoffenheim, who have been strong this season, at the weekend. The record champions have to tackle the top game without their two leading players Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller.
At the press conference on Friday, Julian Nagelsmann announced that Manuel Neuer would not be available for the weekend either after suffering a bruised shoulder joint. Even more: Even during the week, in the Champions League against FC Barcelona, the record champion's Cerberus will probably still fail.
"Manu is still in pain and won't be available. Probably not against Barcelona either. We're headed to Mainz [October 29th]," Nagelsmann (via tz) ventured a cautious prognosis on the return. "We have to look from day to day, it's just a painful issue. In principle, a lot can happen. A long downtime or a chronic injury, we want to prevent that at all costs."
In retrospect, according to Nagelsmann, it was probably the wrong decision that Neuer played against BVB at the beginning of October - his last appearance to date. "But we really wanted him to play because it was an extremely important game," said the 35-year-old. "But he also wanted to play, we didn't push him, it was a joint decision. That's why we have to wait until the healing process is like that until he can play again."
In addition to Neuer, Thomas Müller, who was really unlucky in the last few weeks and had one small illness or injury after the next, is also out. "He got a gastrointestinal ailment last night. He's lying flat and unfortunately falls out," explained Nagelsmann, who also revealed that Müller was "a bit angry" about his failures: "First Corona, then the injury and now gastrointestinal . But it should be possible to get to Barcelona again."
In addition to the well-known failures (Leroy Sane, Lucas Hernandez and Bouna Sarr), the Munich team has no further personnel worries.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Nagelsmann confirms another break for Neuer - Müller is also missing against Hoffenheim.