Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will take little succour from the absence of two “world class” Bayern Munich gamers forward of Tuesday night time’s Champions League conflict at Parkhead.
Germany World Cup-winner Thomas Muller, who scored within the Three-Zero Group B win towards the Hoops earlier within the month, was already out earlier than the Bundesliga aspect confirmed that Robert Lewandowski had not travelled to Glasgow together with his team-mates.
The Poland striker picked up a thigh damage after scoring within the 2-Zero Bundesliga win over RB Leipzig on the weekend, leaving the German giants gentle within the central striker’s function – though they’ve included under-19 ahead Manuel Wintzheimer of their squad.
Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery additionally stay on the sidelines by damage however Rodgers believes Bayern can have greater than sufficient high quality of their squad to show powerful opposition.
He mentioned: “In fact it’s two gamers who’ve been world class persistently for plenty of years.
“Lewandowski is likely one of the world’s greatest strikers together with his motion, his velocity and the standard, and he has been persistently doing that for few years.
“And Muller is a participant who I’ve all the time beloved by way of wherever he has performed, whether or not a striker, or on the proper, or as he did towards us, a complicated midfield participant.
“He’s a really gifted participant and his will and want to play properly is all the time there.
“So these two gamers, in fact, can be a miss for them however they’ve some superb gamers behind that to come back in like James Rodriguez, who got here in and scored in one of many previous couple of video games.
“They’re a gifted workforce, they’ve been put collectively to win this competitors so we all know the magnitude of the check however it’s one that we’ll relish.”
Rodgers can be with out Patrick Roberts after the winger picked up a hamstring damage in Saturday’s 1-1 residence draw with Kilmarnock within the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Midfielder Olivier Ntcham has recovered from an ankle knock however Anthony Ralston stays out with a knee drawback whereas fellow defenders Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko are nonetheless working their method again from respective hamstring and knee accidents.
Jupp Heynckes, in the meantime, has warned Celtic he has the “answer” to Bayern Munich’s attacking damage issues.
The Bayern boss mentioned: “Clearly Muller and Lewandowski being injured was surprising however I’ll discover a answer.
“There could be a chance of enjoying Four-Four-2 however we’ll make that call tomorrow.
“Each workforce faces difficulties with accidents, many different groups within the Champions League expertise the identical however we discover options.
“Whereas Arturo (Vidal) may be very quick and superb up entrance I’ve a unique plan for tomorrow.
“I’ve not labored typically with Wintzheimer, I do not know him properly sufficient and, as I mentioned earlier than, there could be another options.”