Arsenal have been handed a timely boost before their last 16 Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich following the news that Bastian Schweinsteiger could miss the first leg through injury.

The Gunners host the Bundesliga leaders, and last season's finalists, at the Emirates Stadium on February 19th in the first encounter between the two sides, but Schweinsteiger is a doubt to make it to London.

Schweinsteiger was forced to remove himself from Germany's squad for the defeat of France in a friendly on Wednesday owing to an ankle issue, and the complaint has shown no signs of improvement since.

The 28-year-old's current predicament is cause for concern for Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola in the summer, who fears he may be without the pivotal performer for the Arsenal clash.

"Bastian’s having real problems with the ankle," the Bayern boss said, as reported by the Daily Mail. 

"It’s possible there could be a negative reaction in training."

Arsenal have injury problems of their own ahead of the visit of Bayern, with no return date made public for captain Thomas Vermaelen, who picked up a foot injury in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last week.

Vermaelen will miss this weekend's match Sunderland, while Laurent Koscielny will be given a late test to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to the Stadium of Light.

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