Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery have joined the list of players who won’t play in Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Porto on Wednesday.
Already with Arjen Robben (abdominal tear), Mehdi Benatia (hamstring) and David Alaba (knee), Pep Guardiola’s side will have to face a dangerous and perhaps under-the-radar FC Porto without the use of the two mainstays after Schweinsteiger fell ill and Ribery couldn’t come through an ankle ailment.
The same problems didn’t stop them from handling Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 on the weekend, but a trip to Porto is much more dangerous than Timmy Chandler’s side.
“It’s a real shame but Bastian and Franck can’t come with us,” sporting director Matthias Sammer confirmed at a press conference on Monday. However, Jérôme Boateng returns to the squad after sitting out the weekend Bundesliga fixture as a precaution, and Claudio Pizarro will also make the trip. “Pep will now decide whether to take along another of our young players,” Sammer reported.
Thiago Alcantara has returned for Bayern Munich, so it isn’t all bad news, and Robert Lewandowski has been a steady force for the side in recent weeks. Wednesday’s match kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET. PSG and Barcelona is the other Wednesday match, with Atletico/Real and Juventus/Monaco on Tuesday.