Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is set to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool after he had been given a two-match European banning.
Muller, 29, was shipped off in December’s 3-3 group-stage draw Ajax for kicking Nicolas Tagliafico at the head.
The German – who’s scored 42 goals in 107 Champions League appearances – has appealed against the determination.
The sides meet in Anfield on 19 February and in Munich on 1-3 March.
The sending-off was the very first of Muller’s career and after the incident he submitted on social networking:”I want to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for the incident. It had been accidental.