Robert Lewandowski a doubt for Bayern Munich's Rückrunde opener, Sandro Wagner on stand-by for Leverkusen
Bayern Munich are sweating on the fitness of Robert Lewandowski with new signing Sandro Wagner standing by to step in if the Bundesliga leader’s top scorer is forced out of Friday’s Rückrunde opener at Bayer Leverkusen.
Lewandowski has been struggling with a knee tendon problem, and Friday’s match at the BayArena may come too soon for the prolific Poland international, who has netted a league-leading 15 goals this season.
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Should the former Borussia Dortmund man be forced to miss his first league game of the campaign, Wagner will step into the Bayern starting line-up to make his first appearance for the record Bundesliga champions in over a decade.
‘Happy to be home’
The winter arrival from Hoffenheim first joined Bayern as an eight-year-old, and worked his way through the youth academy to the first team. He made the last of four senior appearances for Bayern when he came off the bench for Franck Ribery in the closing seconds of the 1-1 draw with Hamburg on 2 September, 2007.
“I’m happy to be home again,” the Germany international, 30, told kicker. “But of course the main thing is how things go, and I’m trying to settle in well, get some playing time, and produce my best.”
‘I can only give my all’
He added his move back to Bayern had been motivated by an ambition to ensure he will have a place on the plane when Joachim Löw names his squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“I also have the aim of being in Russia. For that, the Rückrunde is very, very important for me,” explained the forward, who scored four goals in 11 Hinrunde appearances. “I can only give my all. I cannot do more. No-one will ever be able to accuse me of not giving my all.”