The Bavarians will have another one of their midfielders on the sidelines after their latest Bundesliga victory.
Bayern Munich defeated Greuther Furth 4-1 in their Bundesliga clash on Sunday. The victory came after a run of two winless games that saw Bayern being stunned 4-2 by Bochum before drawing 1-1 against Salzburg in the Champions League.
In addition to Manuel Neuer’s absence, Bayern have Leon Goretzka on the sidelines. The key midfielder has recently started running sessions again after suffering a knee injury in December.
Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann has mainly used Corentin Tolisso alongside Jushoa Kimmich in his side’s midfield recently. However, the Frenchman also picked up an injury during the home win over the Furth.
Tolisso limped off the pitch in the 25th minute, grabbing his left thigh after a challenge with Paul Seguin. In a post-match interview, Nagelsmann spoke about Tolisso’s injury.
“Coco has strained a muscle,” the German boss said.
“We were initially worried that it was something more, but luckily it’s a muscle strain.”
Speaking to DAZN minutes later, he added: “How can we replace Coco? With Marcel Sabitzer, with Marc Roca, with Jamal Musiala and hopefully soon with Leon Goretzka again.”
Asked about the reason behind Lucas Hernandez’s substitution in the 53rd minute, Nagelsmann responded: “It’s not bad with Luci, he has cramp.”
Tolisso is infamous for his long periods on the sidelines, but when he plays, few Bundesliga players can match his passing stats.
In his 12 league games this season, the Frenchman has made 18.33 passes ending in the opposition’s half. Only his teammate Joshua Kimmich and Mainz’s Kevin Stogar have better numbers than the former Lyon star.
Tolisso’s contract at Bayern will end at the end of the season, with no signs of a renewal being imminent. The Frenchman’s recent performances reignited hopes the club would give him a new deal. However, the club are yet to make a formal renewal offer to the 27-year-old.