Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller set to miss game against Hungary

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller set to miss game against Hungary. (Photo by Andre Weening/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller set to miss game against Hungary. (Photo by Andre Weening/BSR Agency/Getty Images) /

Germany has been dealt with a massive blow ahead of the final group game against Hungary this week. Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is set to miss this game due to a knee injury he sustained during 4-1 win against Portugal on Saturday.

Muller has been a pivotal player for Germany despite not getting on the scoresheet. He played a big role in making Germany a threat in the final third against Portugal in the second group. Germany needs a draw against Hungary to book their place in the round of 16 stages of Euro 2020.

The veteran German forward has gone straight into the lineup after making a return to the National team after two years. Muller’s clever movement and incredible work ethic make Germany a much more potent team in the final third.

Thomas Muller has operated in the wide forward role in the new 3-4-3 setup used by Low. He often drops in central positions to become the focal point of the attack. The likes of Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz have benefitted from Muller’s clever linkup play and off-the-ball movement in the final third.

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Sane is likely to come in for Thomas Muller

Apart from Muller, Low is unlikely to make any big changes to the starting XI that delivered complete performance against Portugal. The German manager is likely to bring in Leroy Sane to replace injured Muller against Hungary.

Sane is yet to light up the tournament, but his trickery will be very handy against a team like Hungary that enjoys defending deep and frustrate the opposition by giving very little space in the final third. Sane will have a completely different role than Muller. He will be a much bigger goal threat than Muller, but he may strictly stick to the left flank.

Timo Werner is another option Low can use to replace Muller against Hungary. However, the German striker has not been in the best goal-scoring form for Germany, so sticking with Sane will be the safest bet for Low.

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Hungary will not be a straightforward three points for Germany. They kept Portugal quiet for 80 minutes before conceding three goals. The biggest surprise result of matchday two came through Hungary as they held World Champions France for a 1-1 stalemate. Muller is a big miss, but Germany has a plethora of attacking options to compensate for his absence in one game. However, Low will be hoping that Muller will be fit to participate in the knockout games.