It was a disappointing weekend for Bayern Munich as they succumbed to the third league defeat of the season. Bayer Leverkusen scored two penalties in the second half to clinch a 2-1 win against Bayern on Sunday. Die Roten slipped to second position after the defeat against Leverkusen on matchday 25.
Along with the defeat on Sunday, Bayern also suffered an injury blow. Jamal Musiala has been ruled out for Germany’s games in the next two weeks due to a hamstring strain. The youngster sustained the injury on Sunday after coming on at the half-time mark.
According to Sport1, Jamal Musiala is facing a race against time to be fit for Der Klassiker, which will take place after the international break. The youngster is expected to be fine for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City on April 12.
The international break has come at the right time for Jamal Musiala. The next two weeks will allow him to recover from this injury without missing games. Julian Nagelsmann and Die Roten will not risk him against Dortmund to make sure that he is completely fit for the final stretch of the season.
Along with Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will also spend the international break in Munich. He will miss both games for Cameroon due to a back injury. The 33-year-old forward was not part of the matchday squad against Leverkusen due to this injury. Choupo-Moting will most likely be fit for the Der Klassiker on April 1.
Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez continues to take positive steps in the recovery process from a cruciate ligament injury. The French defender started training in football boots on Monday as he posted a photo to show this milestone to fans. Hernandez is hopeful about returning to action before the end of the season. The French defender is hoping to play in the finals of the DFB Pokal and Champions League in June.
Nagelsmann will have a couple of key players for training at Sabner Strasse during the international break. Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane are not part of the German team, while injured players will be looking to accelerate their recovery process during the break.
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The German coach also gets the much-needed break to reflect on Die Roten’s performances in 2023. Nagelsmann will also get time to think about several big games that will take place in the first half of April. It will be a decisive period for Die Roten as their fate in all three competitions will be decided one way or the other.