Boateng was removed and replaced by Niklas Sule in a half-time 3-0 Bayern Munich semi-final victory against Lyon on Wednesday.
Jerome Boateng needs to pass the test
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will have to take a fitness test if he competes in Sunday’s Champions League final against PSG, the boss Hansi Flick has confirmed. Boateng was removed and replaced by Niklas Sule in a half-time 3-0 Bayern Munich semi-final victory against Lyon. Flick later revealed that the 31-year-old had contracted a muscle injury. The ex-Manchester City defender trained with his teammates on Saturday but will need medical clearance if he faces PSG. “Jerome is training with us today. I look forward to the final training session and speak to the managing team,” Flick told journalists. “I hope that he is fit and qualify for the test. Then we will talk about how we should proceed from the personnel point of view.”
Hansi Flick hopes that Pavard will be with the team
Flick also questioned Benjamin Pavard’s chances of participating from Sunday’s start. The France international, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, first appeared after the German Cup final at the beginning of last month when he was introduced as a second-half substitute against Lyon. Joshua Kimmich filled the right-back in Pavard’s absence. However, there were speculations that he could move into the middle of the field with Leon Goretzka, and Pavard would return to right-back and Thiago Alcantara dropping to the bench. Flick, however, appears to have poured cold water on those claims. “I’m glad Pavard made it to be with us. He worked rough,” Flick added. “Benji has had an outstanding season. He’s doing us OK. He knows how to perform on the right side.
“I’m not sure if he fits 100 percent – and that you can play him right from the start. But we will recheck that today in the final training session.” Meanwhile, PSG has doubts about goalkeeper Keylor Navas, full-back Layvin Kurzawa and midfielder Idrissa Gueye. Marco Verratti also struggled with a calf injury but could make a late substitution in their semi-final victory against RB Leipzig.