Bayern Munich stars Franck Ribéry and Jérôme Boateng have not travelled with the rest of the squad ahead of the first leg of the club’s Champions League knockout stage match against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Both players have been used sparingly this season under new manager Niko Kovač but they were present during Friday’s Bavarian derby win over local rivals FC Augsburg, with Ribéry even getting a run out at the end of the match.
Despite their availability over the weekend, Bayern Munich have confirmed that neither player will travel with their teammates to England on Monday ahead of their match against Liverpool.
But Ribéry’s absence is only temporary, as the club confirm that the Frenchman will travel by himself in the afternoon after becoming a father for the fifth time.
Boateng, meanwhile, has been suffering with stomach problems and will be ruled out for the first leg of their match with Liverpool, meaning that Niklas Süle will partner Mats Hummels for just the second time in the Champions League this season.
Thomas Müller is Bayern Munich’s only other notable player missing from the squad which has travelled to Anfield. That’s because he was given a two-game ban by UEFA following his tackle on Ajax star Nicolás Tagliafico in the Champions League League group stages.
Long-term absentees Corentin Tolisso and Arjen Robben are still missing from Kovač’s first team at Bayern Munich. Renato Sanches has returned and could feature for the club for just the second time this calendar year.
Although Bayern Munich’s domestic form has picked up following new manager Kovač’s rough start – they’ve only dropped three points since the start of December – they are still coming into their match with Liverpool as the underdogs.