Benjamin Pavard has sustained an injury to the metatarsal ligament, and is out “for the near future,” Bayern Munich said.

The defender was pulled out of Sunday’s team training session and will now almost definitely miss the last-16 game of the club’s Champions League against Chelsea on August 8.

Bayern maintains a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg of that tie but the possible absence of Pavard is a disappointment to the men of Hansi Flick, who harbor hopes to win the competition after finishing their Bundesliga campaign in fine shape.

Reports in Germany suggest that when Pavard tried to block a cross during a practice game he suffered the foot problem.

“For the near future, Bavaria will have to handle without Benjamin Pavard,” read a statement from the club.

The right-back of the German record champions was forced on Sunday morning to give up team training with an injury. A detailed review by Bayern’s medical team showed a left tarsal ligament injury.

Pavard ‘s absence means Flick will have to change back four, which earlier this month helped secure victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final.

The head coach will have the opportunity to evaluate his options in Friday’s friendly against Marseille at the FC Bayern Campus, including the fit-again Niklas Sule.


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