The first half of the season has not been kind for Bayern Munich when it comes to injuries. They are yet to have a full-strength squad for a game this season. Tuchel and Die Roten have done fairly well to navigate these injury problems. Apart from the disastrous defeat away Saarbrucken in the DFB Pokal, Bayern have got the desired results in other competitions.
Rekordmeister sealed a spot in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 2-1 win against Galatasaray at Allianz Arena. The sweet victory was slightly dampened by the injury to Jamal Musiala in the first half.
The young German midfielder was substituted at the end of the first half due to a hamstring injury. Die Roten didn’t risk him and brought him off for Thomas Muller. The latest update from Germany suggests that the Bavarian faithful can breathe a sigh of relief regarding Musiala’s injury.
According to Sport1 and Bild, Musiala’s injury is not serious, and Bayern expects him to recover in two weeks. The 20-year-old will miss Germany’s upcoming international games against Turkey and Austria to complete the recovery. In an ideal scenario, Musiala should be back in the squad for the game against FC Koln on November 24.
In the absence of Musiala, Thomas Muller is expected to start against FC Heidenheim on Saturday. The experienced German forward has looked good for Bayern whenever he has been called upon by Tuchel from the bench. Muller will hope to deliver a strong performance on Saturday to give Tuchel some sort of selection headache when Musiala returns after the international break.
Tuchel may look to rotate the team against Heidenheim on Saturday. The German coach may have to rest Dayot Upamecano since he is not yet completely fit to play three games in the space of seven days. The French international may start on the bench this weekend, which may see Leon Goretzka start in the heart of defense.
Serge Gnabry may get his first start since recovering from a hand injury that he suffered in September. The German forward is not part of Tuchel’s first-choice attacking quartet, but he can definitely force his way back into the team with good performances from the bench. A good performance against Heidenheim will help him to get back in his rhythm.
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Matthijs de Ligt remains Bayern’s only long-term absentee. The Dutch defender is unlikely to play again this year due to a serious injury. Bayern will hope that he is fit by the time players report for the winter training camp in January.