Niko Kovac has confirmed Manuel Neuer suffered an injury to the same calf that kept him out of action earlier this month in Bayern Munich's 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.

The Germany international pulled up early in the second half after slipping while attempting to make a pass and was replaced by Sven Ulreich.

Neuer missed Bayern's DFB-Pokal quarter-final win against Heidenheim on April 3 but was fit enough to feature in his side's 5-0 thumping of title rivals Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

Speaking after the game, though, Kovac says the 33-year-old – who missed almost the entirety of the 2017-18 season with a broken foot – has damaged the same calf that previously troubled him.

"It's the same calf that he had problems with last time," he said. "We'll examine it tomorrow [Monday] and hope, of course, that it's nothing serious."

Bayern's win over Fortuna lifted them back above Borussia Dortmund at the Bundesliga summit by one point with five games remaining.

Nicolas Pepe will leave Lille during the next transfer window, the club's owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed.

The 23-year-old winger has turned heads in a prolific campaign that has him on course to finish as Ligue 1's highest-scoring non-Paris Saint Germain player.

Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international.

PSG, who visit second-placed Lille looking to sew up the title on Sunday, could also consider an approach.

Thomas Tuchel praised Pepe as a "good player" with a lot of "speed and strength" after Lille boss Christophe Galtier openly stated his star forward would be a good fit for the capital club.

"All clubs are forced to balance their accounts, except perhaps one," Lopez told Telefoot, seemingly referring to PSG.

"I think we will sell four or five players. The departure of Nicolas Pepe is sure. He has entered a price range that cannot be paid anymore.

"There is a career choice for him to make."

Pepe joined from Lille from Angers in 2017 and notched 13 league goals in his debut season.

Bayern Munich reclaimed their position at the Bundesliga summit with a comfortable 4-1 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund had unseated Niko Kovac's men on Saturday after edging past Mainz, but the Bavarian giants restored their one-point advantage thanks to a double from Kingsley Coman and strikes from Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka.

Coman opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a low cross that deceived goalkeeper Michael Rensing and then added a second after 41 minutes by applying a cool finishing touch to a flowing move.

The impressive Gnabry added a third 10 minutes into the second half as Bayern – who lost Manuel Neuer to injury shortly after the interval – cruised to the most routine of victories despite Dodi Lukebakio's late penalty, after which Goretzka restored their three-goal margin.

Bayern started in typically dominant fashion and clipped the post inside five minutes when a combination of Coman and Fortuna defender Matthias Zimmermann got on the end of Gnabry's low cross.

Coman was not to be denied after 15 minutes, though. The France international whipped in a low cross from the left, and despite Thomas Muller's best efforts to get a touch, the ball nestled into the bottom corner without any assistance.

Robert Lewandowski then sent a 25-yard free-kick agonisingly wide of Rensing's right-hand post before Coman scored his second four minutes before the interval, the 22-year-old steering into the top corner from eight yards after he had been picked out by Joshua Kimmich.

Bayern started where they left off at the beginning of the second period, Rensing superbly denying Thiago Alcantara from close range.

Moments after Neuer was withdrawn after pulling up making a pass, the visitors added a third when Gnabry stole in at the back post from a corner to prod home.

Lukebakio scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute after Mats Hummels had been penalised by a VAR review for handball but Goretzka had the final word, stroking home from close range as Kovac's side took another step towards a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.


What does it mean? Bayern build on Dortmund thrashing

Bayern's 5-0 thumping of Dortmund last weekend would have counted for little if they had not backed it up with another three points at Fortuna. They were never in danger of slipping up, though, as Coman and company made light work of their hosts to reclaim pole position ahead of the season's final five games.

Coman pulls no punches

In the week that he was involved in a training ground bust-up with Lewandowski, Coman delivered a knockout blow to Fortuna with a scintillating first half-display. The former Juventus man has endured a injury-hit campaign but demonstrated exactly what he is capable of when in full flow. 

Neuer injury spoils perfect day

The Germany international has endured a difficult few years with injuries and he will be hoping that this latest setback does not rule him out for the closing weeks of the season.

What's next?

Bayern host Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Fortuna travel to Mainz.

Manuel Neuer limped out of Bayern Munich's Bundesliga clash with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.

The Germany international pulled up early in the second half after slipping while attempting to make a pass.

Neuer missed Bayern's DFB-Pokal quarter-final win against Heidenheim on April 3 with a calf injury but was fit enough to feature in his side's 5-0 thumping of title rivals Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

Neuer missed almost the entirety of the 2017-18 season with a broken foot, but has played 37 times in all competitions this season.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt is certain to leave Ajax at the end of the season, according to the club's head coach Erik ten Hag.

The talented teenage defender is one of the most wanted players in Europe and news of his impending departure could trigger a high-priced bidding war.

Head coach Ten Hag mentioned LaLiga champions Barca and their Bundesliga counterparts Bayern among the possible destinations for the Netherlands international.

Juventus - Ajax's opponents in the Champions League quarter-finals - are also reportedly interested.

"There's zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax,” Ten Hag told German publication Suddeutschen Zeitung.

"There are so many clubs interested in him. He will leave us this summer, but I don't know whether he'll join Bayern or Barcelona."

Frenkie de Jong, De Ligt's team-mate for club and country, is already bound for Barca at the end of the season in a €75million deal.

Hakim Ziyech is another player attracting attention and the playmaker has reopened the possibility of a switch to Roma.

Ziyech, 26, came close to signing for the Serie A side last year and believes he could still join former Ajax winger Justin Kluivert at the Giallorossi.

"No, I don't think [the door to Roma has closed]," Ziyech told Calciomercato.

"I talk to Kluivert regularly and we often speak about Italian football. There is no league where I would prefer to play. It depends on the type of project the club has for me.

"The important thing for me is to continue to grow as a player."

Niko Kovac says long-serving attacker Arjen Robben deserves better than to spend the final months of his Bayern Munich career on the treatment table.

Veteran winger Robben, 35, fears he has played his final game for the club after a hurting his calf in the latest of a long series of injury issues.

The ex-Netherlands international will leave the Allianz Arena when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Robben last featured for the Bundesliga champions on November 27, scoring twice in a Champions League win over Benfica.

"It's very sad that Arjen has not been with us since November," Kovac said.

"He always feels something, even though the doctors are giving positive signs. He just does not feel right at the moment.

"It would be nice if he could play again for Bayern. He deserves that."

Franck Ribery will also miss Sunday's match at Fortuna Dusseldorf through illness, although Alphonso Davies has overcome a knee issue.

Corentin Tolisso is back in training after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in September and Kovac quelled concerns that the midfielder sustained a setback when he collided with a team-mate during Wednesday's session.

"[Tolisso] didn't sustain an injury in training, but he thought he did," the Bayern boss said.

"It's normal for a player to be more cautious after such a long time out. We have to gradually reintroduce him to the first team."

The Bavarians head to Dusseldorf with a one-point lead at the top of the table following last weekend's 5-0 thumping of Borussia Dortmund.

Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski traded blows in a training ground bust-up, Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has confirmed.

German publication Bild reported Coman and Lewandowski clashed following a heated exchange on Thursday and Kovac admitted the fight took place.

Defenders Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng are said to have separated the pair in an incident that could disrupt squad harmony ahead of the final six games of the Bundesliga season.

The club have not handed down any sanctions and Kovac insisted the star attackers have resolved their spat.

"There was a fight between two players who were named in the media," Kovac said on Friday.

"The three of us discussed it after training, and both apologised for their behaviour and were sorry for what happened.

"No one is being fined because both players were understanding, and being understanding is very important now. The matter is done and dusted.

"No further questions will be answered. Now it's all about the upcoming game [against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday]."

Lewandowski's future in Munich remains unclear as despite previously expressing an interest in a new challenge, with Real Madrid regularly mentioned as a possible destination, he is reportedly close to signing a contract extension.

Bayern Munich will travel to Werder Bremen on April 24 for their DFB-Pokal semi-final, with Hamburg hosting RB Leipzig a day earlier.

Head coach Niko Kovac is aiming for back-to-back successes in the competition after his Eintracht Frankfurt side overcame Bayern 3-1 in the 2018 final.

The Bundesliga champions suffered a scare in this season's quarter-finals, eventually overcoming 2.Bundesliga side Heidenheim 5-4 in a remarkable contest despite Niklas Sule's first-half red card.

Germany's second tier still has representation in the form of Hamburg, who beat Paderborn 2-0 in the previous round.

Leipzig are expected to be Bayern's main obstacle to a 19th Pokal triumph, although they needed Marcel Halstenberg's goal in stoppage time of extra time to edge a 2-1 quarter-final win at Augsburg.

Marco Reus insists Borussia Dortmund cannot talk about winning the Bundesliga title after going down to a humiliating 5-0 defeat against rivals Bayern Munich.

Lucien Favre's side are now a point behind champions Bayern at the summit after a nightmare outing where they were 4-0 down by half-time.

Six matches remain in the top flight this season and, although Reus acknowledges there could be further twists to come, the Germany forward maintains Dortmund must focus only on a grim post-mortem of an abject outing.

"We played catastrophic, we defended catastrophic," he told reporters. "I don't have an explanation for that. We [applied] zero pressure. Bayern were much better, we have to admit that.

"Nevertheless, we have to analyse this loss, we mustn't play like that against any opponent.

"It was once again a lesson for us, because we just did not play as a team. The only positive is that we are only one point behind and Bayern also have two or three hard opponents in the next weeks.

"But we do not have to talk about the championship if we play like that."

Favre selected Reus in a central attacking role against Bayern, something the 29-year-old feels does not play to his strengths.

"Everyone knows that this is not my favourite position and that I do not want to play there," he added.

"But that should not be an excuse. The coach has to decide that."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre conceded his side were too focused on the Bundesliga title following their demoralising 5-0 Der Klassiker rout to rivals Bayern Munich.

Bayern scored four first-half goals as they humiliated Dortmund 5-0 on Saturday to go a point clear in the race for the Bundesliga trophy.

Dortmund were two points clear prior to kick-off at Allianz Arena, however, Favre's team were put to the sword in the 100th league edition of Der Klassiker – Robert Lewandowski's brace inspiring Bayern.

Afterwards, Favre told reporters: "The 5-0 is difficult to understand but it is well-deserved. Congratulations to my colleague.

"You clearly have to say that this was a lesson for us. We had the chance to score the first goal which could have changed the game.

"Bayern kept dominating the game with more speed and better movements. They played on a higher level. It was a lesson and after 4-0 it's tough to come back in the second half."

"We have to focus on the next game," Favre added. "Today we were probably too concentrated and we were thinking too much about the title.

"We are still facing six difficult games, it was always tight until now, also the last game against Wolfsburg or in Berlin. We have to focus on the next game, we cannot change it now.

"We have to give our best but only think about the next game. And don't think about constellations."

Niko Kovac insisted the Bundesliga title race is not over despite Bayern Munich storming to the summit with a 5-0 hammering of Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski's brace and one apiece from Mats Hummels, Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry earned the Bavarians a resounding Klassiker triumph on Saturday and sent them hurtling back into top spot with six games to go.

Bayern were brilliant in a four-goal first half at Allianz Arena that blew away the visitors and set up a 14th win in 16 league matches.

Kovac applauded his side's sparkling showing in what could prove a decisive result in the club's bid to be crowned champions for the seventh straight season.

"I think we turned in a top performance, a great performance over 90 minutes," Kovac said.

"The first half in particular was sensationally good in every respect. The way we played was very impressive.

"I'm glad, and I'd like to congratulate my team on it. The margin of victory was completely deserved.

"We still have six matches to go, and you have seen how fast it can change in the league. Very, very difficult matches are awaiting both Dortmund and us, so we won't say everything's decided."

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer was barely troubled in his first match back from a calf injury as Dortmund mustered a lone shot on target.

The goalkeeper labelled the victory a breakthrough moment in a campaign that has taken time to get going.

"We were very dominant," Neuer said. "It was a good team display, and I'm very, very glad about it.

"It was the first big-point match we've won. We had to wait for it for a long time.

"We played well in every position, up front, at the back, and most importantly we worked together."

Robert Lewandowski's 200th Bundesliga goal underlines the Bayern Munich striker's status as one of the modern era's most prolific scorers.

The Poland international reached the milestone with the first of his brace in Saturday's crushing 5-0 victory over former club Borussia Dortmund, a result that sent the champions hurtling back to the top of the table.

No overseas player has scored as many Bundesliga goals as Lewandowski, who is on track to win the league's top goalscorer prize for the fourth time.

To mark his 200th strike across spells for Bayern and Dortmund, Omnisport picks out five of Lewandowski's most memorable Bundesliga goals.

 

5. Hannover 0-3 Borussia Dortmund, March 22 2014

Although undoubtedly a complete striker, Lewandowski has arguably earned himself a reputation for instinctive finishes more than goals which have seen him do all the leg work, but this effort proves what he is capable of. After picking up possession on the left, he darted into box, squeezed between a pair of defenders and then rifled home to make it 2-0 to Dortmund.

4. Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund, March 31 2018

Since leaving Dortmund for Bayern in 2014, it is fair to say Lewandowski has made a habit of scoring against his former employers. Last season's crushing 6-0 win saw the Poland international lead the assault, scoring three times, and his first was brilliantly mischievous. With just five minutes played, Lewandowski peeled away from his marker to race on to Thomas Muller's throughball and he fooled Roman Burki with an excellent feint, before rifling into the roof of the net with the goalkeeper still reeling from the trickery.

3. Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen, August 26 2016

Lewandowski started the 2016-17 season with a bang, scoring a hat-trick in a demolition of Werder Bremen. The best of his three goals had an air of simplicity about it, but it left the visitors' defence bamboozled. The striker nipped in front of his marker at the last second to reach a low cross from the right at the near post, delicately meeting the delivery with a back-heeled effort which found the net.

2. Bayern Munich 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, April 11 2015

It is difficult to separate Lewandowski's two best goals, but this one was just edged out due to the nature and context of the other. After controlling the ball on his chest just outside the area, he subsequently flicked the ball over his head and a defender, before then unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top-left corner as it dropped down perfectly for him, showcasing his technical ability, control and power.

1. Bayern Munich 5-1 Wolfsburg, September 22 2015

A remarkable match remembered for an incredible scoring feat by Lewandowski, who scored all five of Bayern's goals in the space of nine minutes just after coming off the bench. The pick of the bunch, however, was undoubtedly his final strike, as he met a cross from the right with a stunning scissor-kick on the edge of the area. The ball cannoned off his right foot and into the top-left corner, leaving Pep Guardiola – his coach at the time – looking astonished.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 200th and 201st Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich roared back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 mauling of Borussia Dortmund.

Lucien Favre's side arrived at Allianz Arena with a two-point lead at the top of the table but the momentum behind their title bid was ripped away in a devastating first half in the 100th league edition of Der Klassiker.

Mats Hummels made the first incision with a commanding header and Lewandowski, a fellow former Dortmund star, reached his scoring milestone with a superb solo effort seven minutes later.

Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry assured Bayern's ascendancy to top spot by adding two more in almost as many minutes late in the opening period and Poland international Lewandowski fittingly completed the rout in the 89th minute as the champions took a big step towards retaining their crown.

 

Robert Lewandowski has scored the 200th Bundesliga goal of his career, fittingly saving it for a potentially season-defining Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund.

The Bayern Munich striker punished a Dan-Axel Zagadou error in the 17th minute to double his side's early lead against his former employers at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Lewandowski pounced on a turnover, strode through on goal, brilliantly dinked the ball over Roman Burki and stroked home into the unguarded net to reach the mark in style.

The 30-year-old's milestone strike fittingly arrived against the side at which he established himself as one of the most exciting strikers in European football, having joined Bayern from Dortmund in 2014.

It was at the Signal Iduna Park where he really rose to prominence, scoring 74 Bundesliga goals in 131 appearances, a remarkable record considering he managed just eight in 33 games during his first campaign.

Despite his exceptional form at Dortmund, the club did not manage to get a transfer fee for him, as he departed on a free transfer to Bayern.

Since then, he has gone on to score 126 times in the Bundesliga for Bayern.

He has taken just 153 appearances to reach that figure for the German champions, while he hit the 200 milestone in 284 top-flight outings.

Of the 200, 187 were scored inside the penalty area, while 22 of a possible 25 came from the penalty spot.

Unsurprisingly he has been most prominent with his right foot, which has provided 131  goals, and his favourite opposition is Wolfsburg, whom he has scored against 20 times in 17 games.

Lewandowski is the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign scorer and is on course to top the division's scoring charts for a fourth time this season. Only Gerd Muller (seven) has done so more times.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insists "nobody has contacted" the club to ask about the availability of teenage forward Jadon Sancho.

A number of European football's biggest names have been tipped to make a move for the England international, who has scored eight Bundesliga goals this season and set up a league-high 13.

Sancho, who left Manchester City in 2017, is rumoured to be high on Manchester United's list of targets ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.

Watzke has claimed numerous times the 19-year-old is not for sale at any price, however, which has seemingly put rival clubs off making an approach.

Asked about the growing interest in Dortmund's prized asset, Watzke told Goal and DAZN: “I don't care about that. Everybody knows that Jadon will play for us next year. 

“That's a fact and we don't have a price tag for him. And because everybody in Europe knows that nobody has contacted us.”

As well as earning links to an array of top sides, Sancho was also capped for the first time by England last October and has gone on to make three more appearances, most recently catching the eye in last month's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

City are among those said to be in the running to re-sign their former player, who left without making a senior appearance under Pep Guardiola.

But asked if City have a buy-back clause or first refusal should Sancho become available, Watzke added: “We never give information about contract details but City has no co-determination right at all.”

Regardless of Sancho's future, Dortmund are expected to strengthen their squad at the end of the season and they have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels.

Watzke does not expect the experienced centre-back to return to North Rhine-Westphalia, though, adding: “I don't think so. Mats had an outstandingly successful time here and I still have a good relationship with him. But he decided to go back to Bayern three years ago.”

Dortmund lead Bayern by two points at the top of the Bundesliga table ahead of Saturday's Der Klassiker.

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