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Inside: Surgery and lengthy lay-off for Sagnol

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:35 pm

04.04.2007

Bayern right-back Willy Sagnol could be out until the end of the season after rupturing the meniscus in his right knee during the 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw away to AC Milan. The France international will undergo surgery to repair the damage immediately after the Bayern party returns to Munich on Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who captained Bayern in the Champions League for the first time in the absence of the suspended Oliver Kahn, faces several weeks on the sidelines but could return for the last couple of matches provided the recovery process goes according to plan.

<b>Gilardino suspended for Munich trip</b>
AC Milan will be without striker Alberto Gilardino for the Champions League quarter-final return in Munich next Wednesday. Russian referee Baskakov brandished a yellow card, Gilardino's third in the current competition, in the 53rd minute of the first leg encounter at the San Siro, activating an automatic one-match suspension for the second leg on 11 April. With winter signing Ronaldo cup-tied in Europe's elite club competition, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is down to his last two recognised strikers in the shape of Filippo Inzaghi and Ricardo Oliveira.

<b>Rummenigge: 'Bundesliga is uncompetitive'</b>
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge fears the German Bundesliga has slipped to an irretrievably uncompetitive position within the European footballing hierarchy. "This is one of our better seasons in sporting terms, but the Bundesliga is no longer financially competitive," the Bayern chairman declared in an interview published by leading business newspaper <i>Handelsblatt</i> on Tuesday. The former world-class striker lamented the fact that German clubs had utterly neglected their overseas marketing activities and had ended up hopelessly behind their leading rivals. "We used to have the strongest league in the world," Rummenigge observed, "but now we'll have to watch our backs, or we'll be overtaken by Romania in the UEFA five-year rankings." The Bundesliga had been asleep for a decade, the FCB chairman complained. The result was that the German Football League (DFL) had raised only €20 million from the sale of its overseas TV rights, whereas the English Premier League will collect €105 million from its rights in Hong Kong alone.
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