Carlo Ancelotti has played down fears of an injury crisis at Bayern Munich ahead of the next week's visit of Real Madrid after revealing that he expects all Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer and Douglas Costa to be fit to play the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on 12 April.
The German giants took a step towards their fifth successive Bundesliga title on weekend after beating Augsburg 6-0 to remain 13 points ahead of RB Leipzig at the top of the table with only eight games to go.
Müller scored two goals during the game but later emerged that his sensational performance came at a price as the German international picked up an injury in his ankle after netting his second goal.
The news set alarms bells ringing at the Allianz Arena, ahead of the long-expected visit of Real Madrid on 12 April, but Ancelotti has now played down the concerns of the fans after revealing that it's only a minor blow. The boss thus ruled the forward out for the coming trip to TSG Hoffenheim on Tuesday night but suggested that he could be even ready to face Borussia Dortmund on weekend.
"He needs a two-day break," the Bayern boss said in the press conference ahead of the clash with Hoffenheim. "We'll have to see whether he'll be fit to face Dortmund. We're certain he'll be ready to play again when we face Real Madrid."
Neuer and Douglas Costa missed the win over Augsburg due to different injury concerns and will continue on the sidelines when Bayern visit Hoffenheim on Tuesday night. However, the former Real Madrid boss also provided a positive update in the recovery of the duo after revealing that he expects both to be fit to face Real Madrid.
"He's 100% certain to be in goal against Real," Ancelotti said about Neuer after the keeper was forced to under a minor operation in his left foot last week.
Meanwhile, Costa could also be back to face Real Madrid despite having been out of action since the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 February due to a knee injury.
"He's on track. He's working hard with great intensity," Ancelotti concluded after revealing that the Brazil international should return to training on Wednesday.
The Bayern boss could rotate his squad against Hoffenheim as Javi Martínez and Xabi Alonso both return from suspension. In this sense, the manager confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will be rested in order to have him fresh for the two big coming games against Dortmund and Real Madrid.
"He's played a lot of games recently so I've decided he should take a break," Ancelotti explained when asked about Thiago.