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BAYERN BLOW AS THOMAS MULLER’S HAMSTRING INJURY RULES HIM OUT FOR CELTIC MATCH

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BATERN MUNICH have been dealt another injury ahead of their trip to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League a week tomorrow.

Thomas Muller yesterday pulled his hamstring and will be sidelined for the next three weeks, thus ruling him out of the trip to Paradise.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told the media after yesterday’s win over Hamburg that Muller was taken off shortly after coming on as a substitute because he had cramp.

However it has emerged this morning that the 28 year old attacker, who a few years ago was named as the 5th best player in the world, has pulled a hamstring and is out of the Celtic game.

Heynckes had hoped Thomas Muller’s injury was no more than cramp after his side’s 1-0 win at Hamburg.

Muller came on as a second-half substitute, replacing James Rodriguez (who was a substitute against Celtic last week), but his injury meant that he was replaced by Thiago Alcantara.

Afterwards Heynckes played down the extent of the injury on German tv.

“He had a cramp. I hope it’s only that. We have to wait until the check-up tomorrow,”the Bayern boss said.

Heynckes admitted Hamburg frustrated his side in the first half, but the game opened up following Gideon Jung’s second-half sending off.

“Hamburg were highly motivated,” Heynckes said.

“In terms of fighting they were amazing.

“We had problems in the first half. We didn’t have the high tempo we wanted.

“After the break it was better as we had four clear chances to score.”

Bayern are now level on points with the early Bundesliga pace-setters Borussia Dortmund who were held to a 2-2 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt in the earlier kick-off.

“It was a very important game,” said Heynckes.

“We knew the result from Dortmund before, but we couldn’t bring everything we wanted on the pitch. “In the end it was a very tight game.”

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In contrast to Muller’s loss, Celtic have been boosted by the return to full fitness and goal scoring form for Moussa Dembele, who impressed after coming on as a substitute for Leigh Griffiths and scoring twice in the 4-2 Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hibs at Hampden on Saturday.

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