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Big boost for Celtic as Lewandowski to miss Tuesday's Champions League game

The Bundesliga champions confirmed that the Poland striker had not traveled to Glasgow for Tuesday’s game.

The 29-year-old suffered a minor thigh injury against RB Leipzig on Saturday.
The 29-year-old suffered a minor thigh injury against RB Leipzig on Saturday.
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CELTIC WERE GIVEN a massive boost on Monday as Bayern Munich confirmed star striker Robert Lewandowski would miss their Champions League meeting tomorrow evening.

The Polish international has scored 10 goals in as many Bundesliga outings so far this season, but suffered a thigh injury during Bayern’s 2-0 win against RB Leipzig on Saturday.

The news will come as a big advantage to Brendan Rodgers’ side following an opening set of Group B games which sees them sit three points behind Tuesday’s opponents, who were embarrassed 3-0 at the hands of PSG last month which resulted in the sacking of boss Carlo Anchelotti.

Lewandowski has remained in Munich as a precaution, the club said on Monday, with manager Jupp Heynckes unwilling to take a risk with the striker.

“If we had played against Real Madrid, he might have gone. The coach does not want to risk anything as Saturday’s game, which is very important for us, is in the back of his mind,” said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern have instead included U19 striker Manuel Wintzheimer for the trip to Glasgow, with Kwasi Okyere Wriedt — who replaced the injured Lewandowski at the weekend — not registered in the club’s Champions League squad for 2017/18.

Kingsley Coman returns to the side after sitting out Saturday’s win at the Allianz Arena with a knee injury.

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