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Inside: Upbeat Sagnol targets late summer comeback

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Inside: Upbeat Sagnol targets late summer comeback

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:30 am


Willy Sagnol has come through surgery on his damaged knee in good shape and is already looking ahead to the future. “I reckon I’ll be out for three-and-a-half months,“ the France star declared as he arrived at the Säbener Straße training ground on crutches earlier this week. Just days after the operation performed by Dr. Ulrich Boenisch in Augsburg to repair meniscus and cartilage damage, the right-back was in good spirits and already looking forward to the new campaign: “I want to be ready and completely fresh again.”

<b>Schweini home alone</b>
Bastian Schweinsteiger was a notable absentee from the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. The Germany international earlier failed a fitness test on a knee injury sustained last Saturday in Bayern’s 2-1 win against Hanover, and was ruled out of Bayern’s Champions League meeting with AC Milan. Following the advice of club medical chief Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, Schweini stayed at home and watched the match on TV – with an ice pack strapped to the injured knee.

<b>Sir Alex turns spy</b>
Bayern met AC Milan under the watching gaze of Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of the winners’ semi-final opponents Manchester United, who stunned AS Roma in a breathtaking 7-1 home triumph the previous evening. The prodigiously successful Scottish coach called by Bayern’s Säbener Straße headquarters in the afternoon to collect his ticket for the Allianz Arena, where another coaching legend was spotted keenly following the action: Aime Jacquet, who led France to 1998 World Cup glory, was working as an expert summariser for French TV.

<b>Bayer without Schneider and Kießling</b>
Germany internationals Bernd Schneider and Stefan Kießling will be missing when Bayer Leverkusen travel to Munich in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Kießling was dismissed for dissent in Bayer’s 4-1 defeat at home to VfL Bochum last weekend and serves a one-match ban, while Schneider is out after collecting a fifth yellow card.

<b>Milestones for club and captain</b>
Last weekend’s 2-1 away win against Hanover 96 saw Germany’s most successful club chalk up a milestone 800th Bundesliga victory since joining the top flight. Saturday’s match also saw Oliver Kahn set a new record, as the 2-1 success was the 291st time the club captain had finished on the winning side in the Bundesliga, taking him ahead of previous best Manfred Kaltz.
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