Robert Lewandowski will not be available for Poland who are scheduled to play against England in a group I FIFA World Cup qualification match on Wednesday. Polish football association confirmed on Monday, March 29, 2021, that the 32-year-old striker has sustained a knee injury.
Bayern Munich’s talisman who has been unstoppable for both club and country in terms of scoring goals was in action for Poland on Sunday. In the World Cup qualification match against Andorra, Robert Lewandowski scored two goals to give Poland their first victory in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification round.
After the 3-0 victory over Andorra, Poland FA confirmed that Lewandowski damaged the ligament in his right knee which would keep him out of football for at least 10 days.
This means that he would not be fit before England vs Poland World Cup qualification match scheduled to kick off at 19:45 on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Wembley Stadium in London. Hence, he has returned to Germany to continue with his rehabilitation process at Bayern Munich.
“Robert Lewandowski will not play in Wednesday’s 2022 World Cup qualifying match against England in London due to an injury,” a statement from Polish FA read.
“Clinical tests have shown damage to the collateral ligament of the right knee.
“The short time remaining until the next match excludes the participation of the national team captain in this match. This would carry too much risk of aggravating the injury.
“This decision is the only right one, bearing in mind the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.
“Treatment of this type of injury usually lasts from five to 10 days. Therefore, Robert Lewandowski will return to Bayern Munich, where he will undergo further rehabilitation.”
This means that Robert Lewandowski might not be available for Bayern Munich’s league game against RB Leipzig on April 3 and probably the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final game against Paris Saint Germain on April 7.
So far this season, the Polish striker who is a strong contender for this year’s European Golden Boot and Ballon D’or has scored 42 goals and provided 8 assists in 36 games in all competitions for Bayern Munich.
His ability to score goals has also helped Poland to draw a game and win a game in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Poland are currently occupying the 2nd spot on the qualification table of Group I with 4 points in 2 games, 2 points behind first-placed England.
Just to put into context how rarely Robert Lewandowski actually gets injured here's how many games he's missed over the last five seasons:— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) March 29, 2021
20/21 – 1
19/20 – 4
18/19 – 0
17/18 – 2
16/17 – 2
In that period Harry Kane has missed 54.