Bayern's Suele ruled out for several weeks, Pavard contracts Covid

AP , Thursday 17 Mar 2022

​Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Suele is a doubt for their Champions League quarter-final next month after suffering a muscle tear in training, the Bundesliga leaders announced Thursday.

Salzburg s Nicolas Capaldo, left, and Bayern s Niklas Suele, center, challenge for the ball during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Bayern and Salzburg in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. AP

His fellow defender Benjamin Pavard has tested positive for Covid-19, leaving coach Julian Nagelsmann with a selection headache ahead of this weekend's match against Union Berlin.

Bayern, bidding for a 10th straight Bundesliga title, have seen their advantage cut from eight points to four over the last fortnight by second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Germany centre-back Suele has suffered a left thigh injury and was ruled out for a "few weeks".

The Champions League quarter-final draw will be held on Friday, with the ties to be played on April 5/6 and 12/13.

The Bavarian giants, six-time European champions, thrashed Red Bull Salzburg 8-2 on aggregate in the last 16.

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