The Bayern No 6 and midfield director, who has effectively provided opportunities for Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Frank Ribery, will be out of action for at least seven weeks. This has created a dilemma for Bayern coach Jupp Heinckes. He can either reshuffle a successful midfield or do a one for one replacement.
Bayern's midfield is a well oiled machine and has been very successful both in the Bundesliga and Champions League play so far this season. Not only is Schweinsteiger a leader on the field, but he is also a leader off the field, with his focus totally devoted to the team and its performance. He will be difficult to replace. The German national side will also have to do without him during the next two games against the Ukraine and Netherlands.
Although Heincke has not revealed his cards, he seems to be leaning toward a one for one replacement. Some think that he is leaning toward David Alaba or Tymoschuk, with the likelihood of David Alaba. The game against FC Augsburg today will give Heincke an opportunity to do some testing. Augsburg is bringing up the rear of the Bundesliga and should not be an overly hard task for Munich to walk away with three points.
David Alaba played the role previously in Hoffenheim and has performed well during this season when he played as a substitute. He is likely to start in today's game. Alaba will be in a position to impress and establish himself as a permanent fixture for the Bayern team. While he will have to step aside after Schweini's return, there are other positions Alaba can be considered for.
Heincke has apparently discussed the Austrian's international attributes with the coach of the Austrian national side. Today's game will give Bayern an opportunity to show its strength on the bench, which is needed to succeed both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Tags: FC Bayern, Bundesliga, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba