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Blow for Bayern as Lewandowski and Hummels ruled out of Leverkusen clash

13 January 2018

Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings today with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.

The announcement means two star players have left Hoffenheim with coach Julian Nagelsmann, having already bid farewell to Sandro Wagner this winter, the striker joining Bayern Munich.

Pacey Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey (centre) plans to put on a show against Bayern Munich. However, the goal sparked Leverkusen into life.

Goals from Ribery, Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez saw Jupp Heynckes' side go 14 points clear at the top of the table on Friday.

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Ribery, who has spent a decade at Bayern, rolled back the years by scything through Leverkusen's defence and slamming home Bayern's superb second goal.

Ribery and Arjen Robben are out of contract at the end of the season, but both hope to be offered an extension in the coming months. Neither of them are in the squad, " said Heynckes, before adding that German worldwide Wagner is the "first option" to replace Lewandowski in attack but far from certain to start.

Such is his authority and standing at the club - president Uli Hoeness described Heynckes' return as "getting six numbers in the lottery plus the jackpot" - he remains Bayern's No. 1 candidate for next season. Borussia Dortmund, in third also on 28 points, host VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

In further team news, Heynckes said: "Joshua Kimmich makes the squad but he has had a cold and back problems so I will have to weigh up whether he starts as well".

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"We have to play better with the ball, but we won 3-1, that was important".

The 30-year-old Wagner, who made his global debut ahead of the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, could well feature at Leverkusen.

Wagner's career has come full circle after spells at Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin, Darmstadt and most recently Hoffenheim, winning his first cap for Germany past year and has scored five goals in seven appearances for his country.

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Blow for Bayern as Lewandowski and Hummels ruled out of Leverkusen clash