By James Black
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is out of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash with Celtic on Tuesday, it was confirmed on Twitter on Monday morning.
The prolific frontman picked up an injury in Bayern’s weekend win over RB Leipzig and hasn’t made the trip to Scotland with the rest of his side.
“Kingsley Coman is on board as FC Bayern begin their journey to Glasgow but (Lewandowski) stays behind in Munich,” Bayern confirmed in a Tweet on their official account.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2017
The 91-times-capped Pole scored one of Bayern’s goals against Leipzig with on-loan Colombian James Rodriguez scoring the other as Jupp Heyncke’s side secured a comfortable win.
Injuries to Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery had left Bayern already short of attacking options before Lewandowski was ruled out of the crucial clash.
Arturo Vidal replaced Lewandowski against Leipzig as the Bavarians finished the game without a recognised striker on the pitch.
Lewandowski has scored 14 times in 16 appearances so far this season and will be a huge loss for the Germans as they look to secure qualification to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
A win over Celtic would guarantee Bayern’s place in the last-sixteen of Europe’s premier club competition alongside likely group winner Paris Saint-Germain.
With Muller, Ribery, Lewandowski and Manuel Neur all missing Tuesday’s clash, Celtic will be hopeful they can sneak a result as they try and ensure European football after Christmas.
Three points for Brenda Rodgers’ side would virtually guarantee their place in the Europa League in early 2018.
Anderlecht face PSG in the other group game.