Injured Schweinsteiger Ruled Out of Bayern Game at Leverkusen

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Wednesday’s German Cup quarter-final at Bayer Leverkusen through an ankle injury, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Schweinsteiger, 31, was substituted after 58 minutes during the Bundesliga leaders’ 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, following a knock on his ankle in the first half.

Subsequent visit to the team doctor, Muller-Wohlfahrt, at Sabener Strasse has ruled out any serious damage to his left ankle, but “he is definitely out of the visit to Leverkusen.

“We’re lucky that Philipp Lahm is back again,” Guardiola added.

The German skipper is the latest inclusion to a growing injury list at the German Cup holders, with David Alaba, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Javi Martinez unavailable for selection.

Schweinsteiger Unavailable for Leverkusen Game. Image: Getty.
Schweinsteiger Unavailable for Leverkusen Game. Image: Getty.

Asked whether his normal team setup would be altered at the Bay Arena, owing to the number of key absences in his squad, he replied: “I doesn’t matter, there are no excuses.

“We have 16 fit players and also young players for whom playing against Leverkusen is a great experience. We must win. If not, then there are handshakes with the Leverkusen coach and we move on.”