Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering sprained ligaments in his right knee, the German champions said on Tuesday. The striker let his team to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Andorra in which he scored 2 of the 3 goals.
However, the striker suffered an injury and was taken off just after the hour-mark. The initial assumption was that it was a slight niggle and he would be ready for Bayern’s next match in the Bundesliga against RB Leipzig.
Lewandowski faces an uphill task of scoring 6 goals in 3 matches to break Gerd Muller’s 40 goals record in Bundesliga
However, today the Polish association Polish federation made an official statement.
“Clinical and imaging studies have shown damage to the collateral ligament of the right knee. The short time remaining until the next match of the national team excludes the participation of the national team captain in this match,” PZPN announced.
“Robert would be able to handle it with pain, but there is too much risk that this injury will worsen. No matter how important the match is ahead of us, we cannot risk it,” Poland doctor Jacek Jaroszewski told media.
Bayern host PSG in the last-eight first leg on April 7, before visiting the Parc des Princes for the return game on April 13. Without Lewandowski, Bayern’s reserve striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting or Germany winger Serge Gnabry could play up front.
Robert lewandowski has been in terrific form this season and was on course to break Gerd Muller’s record of of 40 goals in one season. However with the injury his projected return date would be be the match against Borussia Monchengladbach on May 8. Lewandowski would then have three matches to score six goals and secure himself the all-time Bundesliga record.