Rode & Ribery ruled out of Barcelona clash

The German midfielder and the experienced winger will both miss Wednesday’s first leg after failing to recover from their injury problems

Bayern Munich will have to make do without Sebastian Rode for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Barcelona on Wednesday due to injury, while Franck Ribery has also lost the fitness battle for the match at Camp Nou.

The 24-year-old midfielder missed last weekend’s defeat to Leverkusen due to a muscular problem, but Bayern were hopeful he would be fit on time to face the Catalan side.

However, the Bundesliga champions have now announced that Rode has not been included in the squad to travel to Barcelona.

Ribery, meanwhile, has not featured for the Bavarians since picking up an ankle injury in the 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk back in March.

Bayern still hoped the ex-France international would recover in time for the match at Camp Nou, but the winger has now been ruled out, too.

Rode and Ribery join Arjen Robben, Davi Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Tom Starke on the sidelines.

Robert Lewandowski on the other hand seems set to feature despite a number of facial injuries.

The Poland international resumed regular training on Monday wearing a mask and has been included in the squad travelling to Spain.

“Everything is alright. I will have to wait and see how things go on Wednesday, but I do not have any fear,” the striker told reporters.

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