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Ribery and Boateng ruled out of Liverpool clash

Odiase Osayande

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Bayern Munich winger franck Ribery and central defender Jeroame Boateng will not be available for the Germans’ Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Liverpool on Tuesday, coach Niko Kovac said.

The pair were not included in the squad that
left for England, with Ribery staying in
Munich after becoming a father, and Boateng nursing a stomach virus, Kovac told reporters ahead of the team’s departure.

The Bavarians will also have to wait until
Tuesdays to determine whether winger
Kingsley Coman will be able to play after
picking up an ankle injury on Friday.

The Frenchman scored twice but was injured in the final stages of their 3-2 win at
Augsburg.

“It has improved a bit but we have to wait
longer,” Bayern sports director Hasan
Salihamidzic told reporters. “We still have 36
hours until the game and a lot can happen. It
is positive but we cannot says for sure (if he
will play).”

The return leg in Munich is on March 13.

In other news Liverpool Defender virgil van dijk will miss the game through suspension.

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