Chelsea welcome the Bundesliga mammoths to Stamford Bridge on February 25 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg conflicts and the guests’ damage issues are beginning to clear up
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In games that will shape Frank Lampard’s first season as Blues lead trainer, his side faces Manchester United just as Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the Champions League inside the following fortnight.
Then early next month there’s the small matter of an FA Cup fifth-round meeting against Jurgen Klopp’s seemingly invincible Liverpool side.
Speaking of Bayern, they looked to have been facing somewhat of an injury crisis following confirmation that winger Ivan Perisic would certainly miss the game in west London.
This was confirmed by the Bundesliga giants last week ahead of their DFB Pokal tie against Hoffenheim.
Chelsea Club official site Statement
A statement via the club’s official website reads: “FC Bayern will be without Ivan Perisic for the time being. The 31-year-old Croatia international sustained a fracture to his outer ankle during training on Tuesday.
The ankle has to be screwed together. It will take around four weeks for the injury to heal, and then he will begin recovery training,” confirmed Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
It is not easy for us at this moment in time because Ivan has been in very good form, and his dynamism and experience have helped us a lot.
Perisic joins long-term absentee Niklas Sule as the two players who would not feature in west London and the latter would not play in the return game either as he is not probable back till May at the first.
Meanwhile, Perisic might be back for the second limb at the Allianz Arena providing he undergoes no set-backs in his retrieval. And it is not all doom and gloom on the injury front for Bayern.
During the goalless draw with RB Leipzig on Sunday evening, both Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman made their returns as second-half substitutes in the top-of-the-table clash.
Bayern faces Koln and Paderborn before their trip to the capital which gives the French duo even more time to prove their fitness to head Coach Hansi Flick.
Robert Lewandowski, the leading scorer in the Champions League this season with 10 goals – played the entire 90 minutes, while Philippe Coutinho, who is a familiar face to Premier League followers, played the final half time on Sunday.
Bayern Munich get double injury boost
Munich’s goalless appeal with RB Leipzig on Sunday sundown carried about a few positives for Hansi Flick’s side.
Firstly, they remain top of the Bundesliga table by one point as Timo Werner’s miss from close range in the second half proved costly as a win for the visitors would have seen them regain the top spot.
Secondly, Bayern stretched their unbeaten run to nine games across all competitions which means they are coming into form at just the right time as they target a treble.
Last but not least, and maybe most importantly, they were able to welcome back two main players from damage in the second half.
Lucas Hernandez made his long-awaited return to action as a replacement for Jerome Boateng just after the hour mark. This was his first appearance in 110 days as he last featured in the 3-2 victory away to Olympiacos on October 22.
Then five minutes before the end Leon Goretzka made way Kingsley Coman. The French winger suffered a nasty knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur in Bayern’s final Champions’ League group game a couple of months ago and was able to get a few minutes under his belt.
With the Bundesliga giants facing Chelsea in the last-16 of Europe’s elite club competition over two legs, having Hernandez, as well as Coman, fit again is certainly a double boost for their chances of reaching the quarter-final.
However, Ivan Perisic will miscue the game at Stamford Bridge on February 25 with ankle damage sustained in training.
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