Bayern Munich have confirmed star striker Robert Lewandowski will be out for four weeks. The news couldn’t come at a worse time for Bayern fans with a series of tough ties round the corner. Alongside this, fellow forward Serge Gnabry is just one yellow card away from a suspension, so could also miss some of these ties.
A serious worry for Bayern:
There is obviously never a good time for an injury to a star player to happen, however, Lewandowski’s comes at a time where Bayern have three must-win games in this upcoming period.
Not only will Lewandowski miss both legs of their Champions League quarter-final against PSG, but he will also miss the top of the table clash with RB Leipzig.
Where in recent years Bayern winning the Bundesliga is somewhat an open-and-shut case, this year has been different. Bayern are just four points clear of Leipzig and with eight games left, it’s win at all costs right now.
The two PSG legs will have to be a real worry for Bayern as well. The game, a repeat of last seasons Champions League final was narrowly decided last August. Without Lewandowski, this time round the result of each leg going Bayern’s way again is far from guaranteed.
Can Bayern cope?
The reality is you can never write Bayern off, they are the defending champions of Europe for a reason. However, the big fear for Bayern is who will step up in Lewandowski’s absence?
The next top goalscorer is Thomas Muller with ten goals, but he is far from the traditional striker. The only other out-and-out striker Die Roten have is Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and during the times he has been called upon this season he’s disappointed. Scoring just one goal in the league in sixteen appearances it will be a tall order for him to take Lewandowski’s place.
However, with Lewandowski twelve goals ahead of any other player for goals in Europe’s top five leagues, there perhaps isn’t a footballer playing today who could match the Polish international’s finishing capability.