Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss Sunday’s top match against Freiburg due to persistent shoulder problems, coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed.
“Manuel will not play, he is still in pain. I hope he can play again next week, but Freiburg is still too early for him,” said Nagelsmann, whose side are now without their captain for the second game in a row.
“It’s annoying, but that’s the way it is,” he added.
Neuer had missed Bayern’s 4-2 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen in midweek with a shoulder contusion but has played every single minute in the league so far.
Nagelsmann confirmed he will again be replaced by substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulreich on Sunday.
Bayern are under a lot of pressure ahead of the match in Freiburg, having won only one of their last six games in the Bundesliga.
The reigning champions are currently in fourth place, two points behind second-placed Freiburg and four points behind leaders Union Berlin.
With Freiburg in Munich and Union visiting Borussia Dortmund next weekend, Nagelsmann stressed that it was up to Bayern to catch up with the two surprise teams at the top of the table.
“It’s less about Union and Freiburg’s performances and more about our own,” he said. “It’s up to us to get back to where we want to be.”
Bayern’s worst start to a season in 12 years has increased the pressure on Nagelsmann, who was already under criticism after Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final exit against Villarreal last season.
Nevertheless, club boss Oliver Kahn backed the 35-year-old coach this week, saying there was “no doubt” about the quality of his work.