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Klose and Schweini out of Germany squad

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Klose and Schweini out of Germany squad

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:02 am


Miroslav Klose’s active participation in Saturday’s meeting with Bremen effectively came to an end after a mere 126 seconds when former team-mate Naldo clattered into the man who moved from Werder to Munich in the summer. Klose hobbled his way through the rest of the first half, while Brazil star Naldo added injury to insult with another crunching challenge after 34 minutes.

Match official Dr. Markus Merk booked the Bremen defender and issued him with a final warning, but that was of little avail to Klose, who was unable to reappear for the second half. The player’s return to his former stamping ground, made uncomfortable from the start by the crowd’s hostile reaction, thus took a very personal toll on the Germany striker.

<b>Klose’s knee, Schweini’s back</b>

Bayern’s 4-0 win, their biggest-ever margin of victory at the Weser stadium, thus came at a heavy price for the Bavarians. “We’ve come back from Bremen with some injuries, and we’ve been obliged to inform the Germany team management that two more of their players have been forced to withdraw,” head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld reported on Sunday.

With Marcell Jansen already sidelined, Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger are unavailable to Germany boss Jürgen Löw for Wednesday’s timeless international clash with England at the reconstructed Wembley stadium in London. “Klose has stretched a knee ligament and Schweinsteiger’s suffered a recurrence of back pain,“ Hitzfeld explained. Klose is already rated “very, very doubtful” for Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with Hannover 96, the General continued.

<b>Sosa injured in warm-up</b>

Brazil centre-half Lucio was also forced to inform national coach Carlos Dunga of his withdrawal from the squad to face Algeria in Montpellier this week. The defender was unable to train with a bruised calf.

Jose Sosa will take home painful memories of his first trip to Bremen. The Argentine suffered an attack of lumbago in the warm-up for Saturday’s match and will now join Klose for a detailed MRI scan on the injury on Monday..

<b>Poldi and Ismael back in action</b>

Hitzfeld received better news when Lukas Podolski and Valerien Ismael both completed competitive run-outs for the reserves in Saturday afternoon’s goalless draw with third division city rivals Unterhaching. “It was great to be back on the pitch after so long out,” Poldi declared on Sunday morning after a light shakedown at the Säbener Strasse.

Four months after knee surgery, the player is now aiming for a swift return to the Bundesliga team. “Obviously I lack stamina, freshness and match practice, but I’ll remedy that over the next few weeks,“ the 22-year-old continued. Hitzfeld intends to monitor the Germany man’s progress in training this week before potentially handing him a seat on the bench against Hannover: “He needs match practice,“ Hitzfeld confirmed

<b>Hannover or Stuttgart</b>

The former Köln hitman could equally well pick up the necessary practice with the reserves against Stuttgarter Kickers the following day. “If I or anyone else believes I’m still short of match practice, I don’t have any problem with turning out for the second team,” Podolski stated.
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