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Report: Niklas Sule doubtful for Bayern’s Champions League clash with Lazio

Niklas Süle
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Bayern Munich could be without Niklas Sule for their Champions League clash with Lazio during the midweek.

During his pre-match conference, Hansi Flick revealed that the defender picked up a knock and his status was in doubt for tomorrow’s game. He said: “Niklas is carrying a knock. Joshua (Kimmich) may play on the right side. But we still have to decide”.

According to Flick, however, Sule’s exclusion from training today was mainly a precautionary measure: “The stress is tomorrow and we need the players at 100 percent,” he added.

The news comes as a huge blow to Bayern, who are already missing a number of players, including Thomas Müller and Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry, Douglas Costa, Alexander Nübel, Corentin Tolisso, and Tanguy Nianzou.

However, the Bayern boss did confirm that Sule will travel with the side for the game, and said: “We had a few players who were a little ailing, including Niklas Süle. We have given him a day of care for today and he will go with us.”

Sule’s future at Bayern in doubt?

Yesterday, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Sule will only be offered a new contract at the club if they can find a solution to their financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The transfer fees have already decreased, that can also be seen with Leroy Sane. And that was also necessary. The salary level hasn’t been adjusted with Corona,” Rummenigge said.

“That hasn’t been felt yet. But maybe in the summer. Everything that I hear from south Europe, but also from England and Germany, is that the liquidity still isn’t like before. And then we have to adapt the salaries.”

Sule is reportedly being targeted by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who wants to bring the defender to Stamford Bridge. But Rummenigge insisted that the club are keen to hold on to the ‘good German national team players’ at the club and that they will hold talks with Sule before the season ends.

“We want the good German national team players at FC Bayern. Niklas still has one year of the contract,” he added.

“We will hold talks and see where they’ll lead. We will look at the whole thing seriously & calmly by the summer. Corona (Covid-19 pandemic) has also caused financial damage to FC Bayern.

“If we find a solution, we are happy to extend the contract, but that will only be possible under certain conditions.”