Nagelsmann has had to watch Bayern’s last three matches from self-isolation because of his coronavirus infection, though he has been able to conduct team talks and communicate with stand-in coach Dino Toppmöller during games.
Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidžić said Nagelsmann’s absence had no bearing on the team’s performance in Mönchengladbach. He also said the off-field issues with players Lucas Hernández and Joshua Kimmich had no impact.
Hernández found out Wednesday that he would not face prison for violating a restraining order in Spain, and Kimmich caused an uproar over the weekend by voicing his concerns about getting a vaccine against the coronavirus.
Nagelsmann won’t be at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday for the match against Union. He expects to return for the Champions League game against Benfica on Tuesday.
Union is again overachieving this season, its third in the Bundesliga since being promoted in 2019.
The team is in fifth place with only one loss from nine games. Union beat Gladbach 2-1 this season and boasts a 21-game unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga.
The Berlin team will also have its biggest crowd since the pandemic began with local authorities allowing about 16,500 spectators despite a rising infection rate in the German capital. It will be the first time Union fans are permitted in the stadium for Bayern’s visit in the league.
Bayern’s first visit was called off as the pandemic took hold in Germany in March 2020, and there were no fans permitted when the game was eventually played in May (Bayern won 2-0), nor for Bayern’s visit last season (1-1).