Concern for Tolisso and Rafinha
FC Bayern are worried about Corentin Tolisso and Rafinha ahead of the Champions League match against Benfica. The Frenchman had to be replaced after sustaining an injury to his right knee in a tackle with Leverkusen's Kevin Volland shortly before half-time in the 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Rafinha hobbled off with ten minutes to go after a tough tackle by Karim Bellarabi, who saw the red card. An exact diagnosis has yet to come.
"The only things that hurt are my two players' injuries. I hope tonight it won't turn out as bad as it's looking at the moment," Niko Kovac commented on the injuries at the post-match press conference. The coach did not exclude a cruciate ligament rupture in case of the Frenchman, "but we can't say anything at this point," explained the 46-year-old, who added that the foul on Rafinha was "not only red but double red. A foul against the standing leg, you can't react then," said Kovac.
Milestone for Lewandowski
The next landmark for Robert Lewandowski: the Poland captain made his 200th competitive appearance for Bayern in the home victory over Leverkusen. The 30-year-old failed to score for the first time this season, but 157 goals in 200 matches for the German record champions is an imposing number.