Lewandowski suffers from knee problem on international mission

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will miss his side’s World Cup qualifier against England on Wednesday after injuring his knee, it has been confirmed.

The Bayern Munich forward scored twice, once on either side of half-time, in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Andorra, but was substituted in the 63rd minute with an apparent blow.

Manager Paulo Sousa revealed after the game that Lewandowski was ‘feeling knee pain’, questioning his availability for the next game against England.

As a result of the assessment, it has now been confirmed by the Polish FA that the attacker sustained damage to the “collateral ligament” of the right knee.

The statement reads: “Clinical and imaging studies have shown damage to the collateral ligament in the right knee.

“The short time remaining until the next national team game excludes the participation of the national team captain. [Lewandowski] in this game.

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Lewandowski injured his knee against Andorra | PressFocus / MB Media / Getty Images

“It would risk making the injury too much worse. This decision is the only right one, given the upcoming EURO 2020 tournament.”

While fans of the Polish national team will be disappointed that they will be without their star man for their trip to Wembley, those watching from Bavaria will be even more worried.

Lewandowski will now return to Bayern to begin his rehabilitation, which is expected to take just 10 days.

The former Borussia Dortmund forward has once again been in good shape this season with an incredible 42 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.

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Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League final last season | Pool / Getty Images

This weekend, Hansi Flick’s side face Bundesliga title rivals RB Leipzig before facing Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final of the week. next.

The risk of potentially finding themselves without their talismanic striker in two of these crucial matches will undoubtedly be a blow to the German squad, who seek back-to-back League and Champions League titles.

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