Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Injury Concerns Loom as Champions League Clash Nears

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Bayern Munich faces some uncertainty ahead of their pivotal Champions League clash with Real Madrid as they await last-minute updates on the fitness of Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane.

Musiala missed Bayern’s recent victory over Eintracht Frankfurt due to a tendon injury, despite coach Thomas Tuchel’s pre-game assurance of his availability. Sane, meanwhile, is grappling with a groin issue but participated in training prior to the match.

With defensive stalwarts Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano sidelined, and Konrad Laimer fit, Tuchel revealed that decisions on the wingers would be taken late. He also expressed confidence in Serge Gnabry, confirming the winger’s inclusion after overcoming a thigh problem and boldly predicting he would find the net.

“I cannot say with absolute certainty,” Tuchel conceded on Monday. “We must await the latest test results. Laimer seems promising, but the rest remains uncertain. We must exercise patience. De Ligt and Upamecano are likely out. Regarding Jamal and Leroy, it’s a wait-and-see situation.”

On Gnabry, Tuchel affirmed, “Serge Gnabry will score. It’s inevitable. I cannot predict the source, but it will happen.”

Meanwhile, Real Madrid is contending with the absence of Dani Carvajal through suspension, while Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba remain sidelined with long-term injuries. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Ferland Mendy’s return from a muscular issue and reassured that Jude Bellingham and Rodrygo have recovered from recent illness problems.

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The predicted lineups for the clash are as follows:

Predicted Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Kim, Dier, Davies; Laimer, Goretzka; Sane, Musiala, Gnabry; Kane

In doubt: Sane, Musiala

Injuries: De Ligt, Upamecano, Coman, Boey, Sarr, Buchmann

Predicted Real Madrid XI: Lunin; Nacho, Rudiger, Militao, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr

Injuries: Alaba, Courtois

Suspended: Carvajal

Match Details

The match is scheduled for 8pm BST on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at the Allianz Arena and will be broadcasted on TNT Sports.

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