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Champions League: Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller allays injury fears, to play in last-16 tie against Besiktas

Berlin: Thomas Mueller has played down fears he could miss Bayern Munich's home Champions League last-16 match against Besiktas in a fortnight after limping out of a German Cup win.

File photo of Thomas Mueller. Reuters

File photo of Thomas Mueller. Reuters

Mueller, Bayern's captain with Manuel Neuer currently injured, badly bruised his thigh colliding with Paderborn's goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak in the build-up to Kingsley Coman's opening goal in a 6-0 cup quarter-final away win on Tuesday.

Mueller played on, but came off after 32 minutes raising fears he could miss Bayern's home Bundesliga match against Schalke this Saturday, plus their key home European match against Besiktas on 20 February, with the last 16 return in Istanbul on 14 March.

Mueller took to Twitter to allay fears of the fans.

"The medical staff took good care of me after I was taken off and I will be able to play again soon. No worries! Thanks for all the well wishes," wrote Mueller on the social media platform.

Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes was more conservative when asked about the health of the Germany forward.

"We'll have to see how things go in the next few days," said Heynckes.

"But we hope that he will be back with us on Saturday - Thomas is a very important man for us."

Mueller is the lynchpin in Bayern's attack and in great form with three goals in his last five Bayern games.

He is due a break after making an appearance in all of Bayern's last 11 games.

The Bavarian giants are 18 points clear in Germany's top flight.

Fifth-placed Schalke are in the pack looking to bridge the gap and hinder Bayern's march to a sixth straight Bundesliga title.

Published Date: Feb 07, 2018 18:10 PM | Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 18:10 PM

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