Bayern's Lewandowski Out Four Weeks, Will Miss Champions League Quarterfinals vs. PSG

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Bayern Munich has confirmed that forward Robert Lewandowski will miss the next four weeks after suffering a knee injury while on international duty with Poland. 

After scoring twice against Andorra in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday, the striker was subbed off just after the hour mark and returned to Bayern to receive treatment.

The Polish FA originally said Lewandowski would need five to 10 days to recover from the ligament injury, ruling him out for a critical early World Cup qualifier against England in Group I. But his club announced that strained knee ligaments would keep the striker out for up to a month

The injury rules Lewandowski out ahead of a decisive week for Bayern. The reigning Bundesliga champs face a massive test on Saturday against second-place RB Leipzig, which trails Bayern by four points, in what could be a potential title decider. Just four days later, Bayern will host PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in a rematch of last year's final, which Bayern won 1–0, before the return leg a week later. Lewandowski will be out for the entirety of the tie, and if Bayern progresses, he could miss the first leg of the semifinals as well. 

Lewandowski's performance this year has been nothing short of a tour de force. The winner of last year's Best FIFA Men's Player has scored 47 goals in 42 games this season in all competitions for club and country. In the Bundesliga his astounding total of 35 league goals in 25 games has pulled him to within six of breaking Bayern legend Gerd Muller's single-season record with eight games still left to play. He now may be available for only three of those games, given Bayern's timetable.