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Thomas Müller out of Champions League last 16 clash

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Thomas Muller suspended for last 16 Champions League clash against Liverpool

UEFA have confirmed that Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is ruled out for two European games and the 29-year-old will not be available to face Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Muller was sent off for a high boot challenge on Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico in Bayern’s final group game but the existing rules would not have prevented him from playing a part in the knockout stages against Liverpool.

However, the UEFA have sanctioned a ban of two games for which Muller would otherwise have been eligible to play, which will deal a huge blow to Bayern’s chances when they lock horns with last year’s runners-up Liverpool.

An update in the Disciplinary section of the Uefa website read on Friday:

“Charges against Bayern Munich. Thomas Müller – direct red card. Decision: to suspend the player for two Uefa competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible.”

Bayern currently sit 2nd in the Bundesliga standings, 6 points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund and the Bavarian giants will be under added pressure in the Champions League to cover for the absence of one of their key players.

Liverpool hold the slight edge based on current form in what is expected to be one of the ties of the round in the Champions League and the Reds will fancy their chances even more in the absence of the opposition’s key playmaker.

The first leg takes place at Anfield on February 19, with the return fixture at Allianz Arena on March 13.

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