Thomas Muller

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller is set to sit out both legs of his side’s crunch Champions League last-16 tie with Liverpool, after being hit with a 2-match ban by UEFA.

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

The draw for the first knockout round of this season’s Champions League took place on the 17th of December.

And the outcome certainly didn’t disappoint, with a number of mouthwatering clashes in store for fans around the globe.

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid, Manchester United vs PSG and Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund represent 3 of the standout ties, though many football purists will no doubt be most looking forward to what are sure to be an action-packed pair of meetings between Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Muller to miss out

The first-leg between the European heavyweights is set to take place on February 19th at Anfield, with the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena 3 weeks later.

However, as has been confirmed by UEFA this morning, Bayern will be without the services of one of their key contributors for both matchups.

The player in question is Thomas Muller.

German attacker Muller picked up a red card during the Bavarians’ final group stage outing away to Ajax.

The vastly-experienced 29-year-old took out Ajax stopper Nicolas Tagliafico with an accidental, albeit extremely dangerous kick to the head just past the hour-mark of the clash, before being given his marching orders by means of a straight red card.

Thomas Muller red card

Thomas Mueller is shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Ajax and Bayern Muenchen

Muller’s subsequent suspension originally stood at just 1 game, the norm for a straight dismissal in a UEFA competition.

However, UEFA have today confirmed that, upon review, Muller’s ban has been upped to 2 games, meaning he will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming meetings with Liverpool.

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