Bayern Munich winger and Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Arsenal after picking up an injury in Bayern’s 4-0 demolition of SC Freiburg on Saturday.
As well as missing Shaqiri, Bayern will be without Ballon d’Or runner-up Franck Ribery as well, with the Frenchman undergoing buttock surgery last week. Dutch winger Arjen Robben is returning from a lengthy lay-off, but should be fit for Wednesday’s game having made his second start since November on Saturday.
Shaqiri scored a brace on Saturday, one a tight angled finish and the other a tap-in from Toni Kroos’s excellent lay-off. Without the presence of Franck Ribery, Bayern would have been counting on the pace and trickery of Shaqiri to worry the Arsenal defence on Wednesday, but will now have to re-think their strategy.
Munich rested the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze and Thiago Alcantara for Saturday’s game, with the trio all likely to return against Arsenal.
Arsenal themselves are expected to rest several players for their FA Cup 5th Round tie against Liverpool - with one eye on the Bayern match in two weeks.
The Gunners will be hopeful of a Champions League upset after pushing Bayern all the way to the end last season, with a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena cancelling out a 3-1 defect from the tie on home soil. Bayern progressed on away goals, but the Gunners are hopeful that a repeat of their excellent away performance could give them a good chance of knocking out the holders.