Niko Kovac has conceded Bayern Munich "have a very bad feeling" over Niklas Sule's condition after the defender sustained an injury in the Bundesliga draw with Augsburg.

With Bayern 1-0 down to Alfred Finnbogason's first-minute opener, Sule went down clutching his left leg after going into a challenge with Florian Niederlechner.

After receiving treatment, Sule did manage to walk off the pitch, though it is feared the 24-year-old Germany international may have sustained cruciate ligament damage.

Kovac confirmed the news was not good, though Bayern's coach still harboured some hope the ligaments had not sustained serious damage.

"It looks like he's seriously injured, so we'll have to wait for the scans, but have a very bad feeling," Kovac told a news conference.

"We hope the cruciate ligaments are spared, otherwise we would miss Niki for a while.

"The general feeling isn't good. We need to wait and see what has happened and hope for the best."

Sule, who has been one of Bayern's most consistent performers since Kovac took over, had started 12 matches in all competitions this term.

Augsburg scored after 30 seconds and again in second-half stoppage time to claim a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Munich, as Niklas Sule suffered an injury that will have the Bundesliga champions concerned.

Richter scored in the opening minute for hosts Augsburg on Saturday as Bayern struggled to bounce back from the loss they suffered to Hoffenheim before the international break.

But after the visitors lost a distressed Sule to injury, Serge Gnabry set up Robert Lewandowski to net for a record-equalling eighth straight game at the start of a Bundesliga campaign.

Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry then scored himself in the second half.

That would not prove to be the winner, though, Alfred Finnbogason tapping in one minute into added time to stun Niko Kovac's side.

Had Bayern won, they would have returned to the top of the Bundesliga after Wolfsburg lost at RB Leipzig. Instead, Bayern were left a point off the pace, with Borussia Monchengladbach in with a chance to extend their lead when they played Borussia Dortmund later on Saturday.

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac accepts he made a mistake with comments that suggested Thomas Muller would be left on the fringes of the first team.

Muller, 30, has made just three starts in the Bundesliga this season, failing to score a single goal, as Kovac appears to favour other options in attack and out wide.

Ahead of the 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim – in which Muller appeared as a substitute – Kovac suggested the German would only get an opportunity "when we're short of options".

Muller confirmed his frustration with the situation in an interview during the international break, while he has since been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena.

But Kovac revealed he spoke to Muller in private to clarify his comments, as he believes he chose his words incorrectly.

"I cannot say who will play at the weekend - as for the statement, it was a mistake of mine," Kovac told reporters ahead of Saturday's trip to Augsburg.

"I incorrectly articulated my thoughts, but I disproved my own statement with the fact Thomas has been coming [into matches] recently.

"I spoke with Thomas the next day, everything was cleared up and he understood it the way I meant it, so I made a mistake – it happens to me too, that's life.

"We talked about it, but no matter which player it is, everyone who doesn't play is unhappy. I have to make decisions as a coach and I can't start more than 11 players, I have to find the team I think can win the game.

"For people from the outside, a coach basically does nothing right. I won't let myself be guided. We have our own ideas and we will implement those."

Bayern go into the weekend third in the Bundesliga table, two points adrift of early leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Philippe Coutinho plays as if he is "dancing with the ball" and fans of Bayern Munich and Paderborn would have enjoyed his display in Saturday's Bundesliga encounter, said head coach Niko Kovac.

Midfield playmaker Coutinho, on a season-long loan from LaLiga champions Barcelona, was influential as Bayern defeated Paderborn 3-2, assisting Serge Gnabry's opener and scoring when his team-mate returned the favour.

Coutinho has impressed early on in his Bayern career and Kovac was full of praise for his showing at the Benteler-Arena.

"He [Coutinho] speaks for himself. At the end of the day, everyone who was at the stadium today, everyone who saw today's game, was able to see once again the skills that he possesses, what kind of qualities he has with the ball," Kovac said. 

"At times it really looks like he's dancing with the ball, you have to say it like that. He knows exactly what to do when, how and where with the ball. 

"The first goal he assists magnificently, but immediately after the pass he sprints into the box because he also wants to score.

"And for his goal, the combination was the other way around. Serge [Gnabry] assists him after a superb pass. That's individual quality. 

"He will definitely help us even more, he's already contributing well, he's integrated and happy here. 

"And when a player from South America, from Brazil, is happy, with that kind of quality, you can see how fantastic that is. 

"No matter whether you're a Paderborn, Bayern or any other supporter, you have enjoyed [his performance]."

Bayern were coasting at 2-0 after Coutinho's goal in the 55th minute but efforts from Kai Proger and Jamilu Collins either side of Robert Lewandowski's strike ensured a nervy ending.

"We made the game difficult for ourselves," Kovac admitted. "We could've decided the match during the first half. 

"In my opinion we had to decide it. Second half, going into it with a 1-0 lead, even when it's 2-0 or 2-1, that's always a small advantage. 

"We brought them back into the match, we didn't play the way I wanted in the second half, but I'm satisfied with the result. 

"With the way we played, obviously I'm not satisfied. Therefore, there's not much more to be added."

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