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Two Bayern Munich players ruled out of Champions League second leg against Arsenal

Bayern Munich will be without two key players for the Champions League second leg against Arsenal in Germany on Wednesday

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Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry will be absent for next week’s crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Arsenal in Germany due to a hamstring injury sustained during Tuesday’s exhilarating 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Arsenal player, who played a significant role in levelling the scoring in the first half, was forced to leave the pitch in the 70th minute due to the injury. While Gnabry is scheduled for further examination in Munich, it’s expected that the German international will face a spell on the sidelines, possibly extending up to three weeks or more.

Expressing concern over Gnabry’s injury, Bayern Munich’s head coach Thomas Tuchel remarked, “It’s a hamstring injury. It doesn’t look good for the second leg.” The sentiment was echoed by Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreese, who wished Gnabry a speedy recovery, acknowledging his remarkable performance in Tuesday’s match.

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Despite Gnabry’s affiliation with Arsenal, having made just ten senior appearances for the club before departing for Werder Bremen in 2016, his impactful presence on the pitch didn’t go unnoticed. The 28-year-old’s celebration of his goal further ignited the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium, solely occupied by Arsenal fans.

If Gnabry’s current hamstring injury proves to be a reoccurrence of the previous issue that sidelined him for 11 games earlier in the season, it’s highly unlikely that he will participate in the upcoming match at the Allianz Arena next Wednesday.

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Potential replacements for Gnabry could include Kingsley Coman, Mathys Tel, or Thomas Muller, while Jamal Musiala also possesses the ability to play in the wide left position.

Bayern Munich will also be without another key player, Alphonso Davies due for the second leg due to suspension after being booked on Tuesday. The Canadian international incurred a one-match ban when he received a ninth-minute yellow card for a foul on Bukayo Saka. Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro is expected to fill in for Davies at left back.

The absences of Gnabry and Davies adds an additional layer of challenge for Bayern Munich as they prepare for the decisive second leg against Arsenal. With the tie set to be settled at the Allianz Arena next Wednesday, both teams are gearing up for a highly anticipated showdown, with the winner progressing to face either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

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