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Bayern hand Bundesliga debut to 18-year-old Lars Lukas Mai

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Bayern hand Bundesliga debut to 18-year-old Lars Lukas Mai

Bayern hand Bundesliga debut to Lars Lukas Mai

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Jupp Heynckes fielded a much-changed Bayern Munich team for the trip to Hannover and made the defender the sixth-youngest club debutant in history.

Lars Lukas Mai made his Bayern Munich debut in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Hannover at HDI Arena.

The 18-year-old defender was in the starting line-up as coach Jupp Heynckes rested several players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

Mai, captain of Bayern's Under-19 side this season, is the first player born in the year 2000 to make a league appearance for the senior team and is their sixth-youngest debutant in the top flight.

Only Roque Santa Cruz, Berkant Goktan, Gianluca Gaudino, Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg made their Bundesliga debuts for the club at a younger age.

Mai's inclusion allows Joshua Kimmich to be rested, with the full-back on the bench alongside Mats Hummels, Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

Alaba has been left out of the squad due to some concerns over muscle problems but is expected to be fit to face Real Madrid on Wednesday.

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