Key attacker confirms injury concern ahead of Celtic v Bayern clash
By James Black
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski hopes to be able to shake off an injury concern to face Celtic on Tuesday night in the Champions League.
Injuries to Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery had left Bayern already short of attacking options before the Polish goal-machine came off hurt in the win over RB Leipzig at the weekend.
Arturo Vidal took Lewandowski’s place as Jupp Heyncke’s side finished the game withoout a recognised striker.
A win for Bayern on Tuesday would seal their place in the last-sixteen of the Champions League and Lewandowski hopes he can shake it off.
“For me, Glasgow is just as important as the next Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund,” Lewandowski told Bild.
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“We have to win.
“I didn’t want to take any risks on Saturday – it felt like cramp but it isn’t too bad.
“No player can play 90 minutes in every game, but at the moment there is no other option.
“We do not have a back-up in my position at Bayern.”
The 91-times-capped Pole scored one of Bayern’s goals against Leipzig – James Rodriguez got the other – and will be a huge blow to Jupp Heyncke’s plans if he misses the Glasgow clash.
Lewandowski has already netted fourteen times this season in sixteen appearances as he looks to better last season’s total of 43 in 47.
Bayern won 3-0 when the two sides met a few weeks ago at the Allianz Arena and will be keen to get a similar scoreline on Tuesday night.
If the Hoops can somehow steal a win from the Bavarians it would virtually guarantee their qualification for the knockout rounds of the Europa League after Christmas.