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Nagelsmann reveals Mukiele has a muscle tear

By Peter Vice

In a pre-match interview, Leipzig head-coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that defender Nordi Mukiele will be unavailable for today's Champions League fixture.

Nordi Mukiele.
Nordi Mukiele.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

Leipzig prepare for a showdown with EPL side Manchester United this afternoon. After that, it's a scant three days before die roten Bullen square off against a surging Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga's round six premier matchup.

Trainer Julian Nagelsmann could certainly do with some good news on the injury front. Fullback Lukas Klostermann went under the knife for major knee surgery and is out long-term. Defensive counterpart has struggled with his own injury woes. Midfielders Tyler Adams and Konrad Laimer are day-to-day with scrapes. Amadou Haidara has COVID.

Now it has been confirmed that Nodri Mukiele will be unavailable for the UCL clash. Nagelsmann revealed that the versatile right back suffered a muscle tear in Saturday's 2-1 win over Hertha.

The Leipzig trainer refused to rule Mukiele out for the weekend encounter, but did divulge that the Frenchmen will be subjected to an additional round of X-rays and imaging tests. Such procedures suggest he will be out much longer.

Nagelsmann's only other option at right-back now remains either Adams or the recently-acquired German international Benjamin Henrichs. Both players have hitherto been used to fill in at midfield while captain Marcel Sabitzer returns to full strength. Sabitzer has recently declared himself fully fit, meaning the talismanic skipper might be available to pair with Kevin Kampl in midfield.

Manchester U
1David de Gea
29Aaron Wan-Bissaka ↩81
2Victor Lindelöf
5Harry Maguire (C)
23Luke Shaw
31Nemanja Matić ↩63
6Paul Pogba ↩81
34Donny van de Beek ↩68
9Anthony Martial
11Mason Greenwood ↩63
26Dean Henderson
7Edinson Cavani ↪81
10Marcus Rashford ↪63
25Odion Ighalo
24Timothy Fosu-Mensah
33Brandon Williams
38Axel Tuanzebe ↪81
43Teden Mengi
18Bruno Fernandes ↪68
21Daniel James
39Scott McTominay ↪63
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
6Ibrahima Konaté
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
23Marcel Halstenberg
44Kevin Kampl ↩76
39Benjamin Henrichs ↩63
25Daniel Olmo
18Christopher Nkunku ↩65
9Yussuf Poulsen
10Emil Forsberg
13Philipp Tschauner
33Josep Martínez
11Hwang Hee-Chan
19Alexander Sørloth ↪65
21Justin Kluivert ↪76
41Dennis Borkowski
4Willi Orban
7Marcel Sabitzer ↪63
14Tyler Adams
20Lazar Samardžić
45Eric Martel
47Joscha Wosz

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