Bayern Munich of Germany full-back, David Olatokunbo Alaba is set to miss his club’s UEFA Champions League opener against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, after picking up a thigh injury that ruled him out of last weekend’s German Bundesliga fixture against RB Leipzig, megasportsarena.com reports.
The 27-year-old Alaba had to be pulled out of The Bavarians’ starting line-up just before kick-off on Saturday, after getting injured during the warm-up, and ended up watching the match from the stands, as both sides played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in Leipzig.
His absence forced Niko Kovac to shuffle his defence, as Bayern missed a chance to go top of the Bundesliga log, after which they then announced that the Nigerian-born Austrian international had torn a muscle in his left thigh, and would be out of action “for the time being.”
The Munich-based top club’s summer signing, Lucas Hernandez then filled in for Alaba on the left for the battle in Leipzig, while Jerome Boateng took the latter’s position in central defence, but the team appeared to struggle for balance at the back and failed to find the right rhythm.
However, it is a big blow for their prospects of a bright start to this season’s contest as Alaba, who won the Champions League with Bayern in 2013, has become a senior figure in the Bayern dressing room following the departures of veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben last season.